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Trelawny businessman sponsors back-to-school health fair

Thursday, August 31, 2017

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BUNKER'S HILL, Trelawny

The preparations for back-to-school in several Trelawny communities have been made easier through a $1.5 million back-to-school health fair —sponsored by businessman Howard Ward — staged in the Bunker's Hill community in the parish last Saturday.

Children from the communities of Bunker's Hill, Wakefield, Deeside, Bounty Hall, as well as other surrounding districts, were gifted with over 750 school bags and supplies, including maths sets, books and other stationery. The children also benefited from free health and dental checks, while adults had the opportunity to get free HIV tests.

The children in attendance also participated in a raft of track and field events.

Howard Ward, a native of Bunker's Hill, explained that the initiative is currently in its third year and plans are already in place to expand the reach of the fair.

“We are planning to expand the reach of the fair by adding a scholarship component; the top boys and girls from Muschett High School and Unity Primary School will be given scholarships to assist with their continued education,” said Ward, a successful businessman who attended both institutions.

“The fair will also be broadened by adding educational activities to help sharpen the skills of the children — in that way preparation is not only limited to bags and books,” added Ward .

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