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St James residents benefit from WJC Transforming Lives Foundation's health fair

Thursday, November 08, 2018

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MOUNT SALEM, St James — More than 200 individuals were beneficiaries of a free medical and fitness health fair organised by the WJC Transforming Lives Foundation (WJCTLF), held on the grounds of the West Jamaica Seventh-day Adventists Conference Centre here on Sunday.

The health fair was staged in collaboration with government agencies which provided free consultations and registration for a number of services and benefits.

“We exist to transform lives, in essence, we foster foreign mission work, we assist in education for students and anyone who wants to get educational opportunities,” explained Janice McGrowther, the foundation's secretary.

She noted that the health fair is just one of the ways in which the foundation is seeking to transform the lives of citizens across western Jamaica.

“It is our aim at ensuring that persons are not just transformed for here, but also for eternity,” she stressed.

The fair coincided with the conference's Day of Caring, and according to Sonia Clarke-Bowen, a director of the foundation, “it was only fitting to show that we care by giving back to the community on this day.”

“We were not only caring for them physically, but we also had a prayer room where individuals were prayed for and counselled with, as well as a Jamaica Moves feature,” said Clarke- Bowen.

Marvia Blackwood, a resident from the Tucker area of St James, whose child benefitted from some of the services offered, was grateful for the gesture.

“It's a great event and we are appreciative of it,” said Blackwood. We would love to have more activities of this type that will expose persons to the quality of health care that was offered today.”

Among the state agencies were the Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ), National Insurance Scheme (NIS), the Blood Bank, the St James Health Department and the HEART Trust/NTA/National Youth Service /Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning.

The WJC Transforming Lives Foundation is the official charity organisation of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Sunday's event was the first major health fair and community impact of the group since its establishment in August 2017.

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