Scores of Hanover’s poor receive aid
LUCEA, Hanover — More than 200 homeless, registered poor and other citizens in need from the parish of Hanover were the recent beneficiaries of much-needed products and services at the recently held Hanover Municipal Corporation’s Poor Relief Annual Health Fair.
The fair received valuable sponsorship from many of the nation’s corporate citizens, including key stakeholders Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple resorts in Negril.
Sandals resorts, through its community relations arm, provided grocery items, including flour, rice and sugar, to create food packages for those in attendance.
Additionally, resort volunteers were responsible for the orderly distribution of toiletries, school stationery, book bags, shoes, clothing, toys, and cooked meals to those in attendance.
The day proved to be a wholesome experience with the attendees receiving free health and dental checks from members of the Hanover Health Department; details on business grants and the PATH programme from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security; fire prevention talks from the Lucea Fire Department; assistance from the Rural Agricultural Development Authority; how to apply for birth certificates by representatives from the Registrar General’s Department; as well as massages, nutritional and exercising tips from the JICM Health and Wellness Centre.
“Sandals has been a kind sponsor of this annual event since 2015, as we see the efforts of the poor relief department and we know that the needs are great. We were especially humbled to see the homeless, physically challenged and elderly amongst those receiving items that they are not able to provide for themselves,” said Jervene Simpson, regional public relations manager for Sandals Resorts in Negril.
According to Inspector of Poor Neika Edram, this year saw a 25 per cent increase in beneficiaries in comparison to 2016.
“We are thankful for the increased support we received this year, which allowed us to create more packages and provide more services to those in need. The fair allowed for our homeless clients to receive much-needed assistance,” said Edram.