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Franciscan Ministries Inaugural Charity Golf Tournament launched

Saturday, November 09, 2019

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The Franciscan Ministries at Immaculate will be hosting a charity golf tournament at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club on Saturday, November 23.

The proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Franciscan Ministries medical, building and community development projects across the island.

The inaugural competition is set to attract at least 80 top golfers from the Seniors, Super Senior and Juniors categories.

The event was launched at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston on Tuesday.

Founder and head of Franciscan Ministries Sister Grace Yap spearheads a number of building and community development projects for the urban and rural poor and funds raised from the event will be used to continue these efforts.

In Brae's River, St Elizabeth, the Franciscan Ministries runs an organic farm that produces honey, root crops and vegetables. Several needy families from that community have been housed in dwellings built by projects facilitated by the Franciscan Ministries.

Allie McNab, who spoke on behalf of the Minister of Sports Olivia “Babsy” Grange, said: “We must never cease to applaud the Franciscan ministries for their dedication to serving the poor, the broken, the marginalised, caring for the environment and promoting justice and peace through community development.”

The work done by the Sister, in helping to develop Jamaica's cultural heritage, was also highlighted.

“We must also be grateful for the work that Sister Grace Yap did as one of those who developed Culture Yard in Trench Town. We all know that the Culture Yard is one of our most valued and cherished cultural entities. It is among those that foreigners and Jamaicans alike constantly visit,” McNab stated.

The Franciscan Ministries have been recognised by the government as an official charity organisation based on the work they have done over the years.

Sister Grace Yap spoke of the importance of teaching values to the young people of Jamaica.

“If we have young people thinking about values and their future we will not have so much corruption. Our main goal is to promote proper values, so we are trying to make young people, people of justice, peace and integrity. We feel it's most important for us to zero in on values if we are going to try and save this country.”

Over the decades Franciscan Ministries has built and facilitated the construction of well over one-hundred dwellings in poor communities across Jamaica for families.

The rural areas include Merv Villa and Ferry in St Catherine; Whitfield town, Trench Town and Waltham Park Road in Kingston & St Andrew; and a growing number of dwellings are being built in Brae's River in St Elizabeth.

This they have been able to do through the generosity of volunteers from overseas who come to the island every year.

The Franciscan Ministries facilitates volunteer groups from Canada and the USA that travel to Jamaica to help those in need. Medical teams visit multiple times per year to provide treatment and medicine free of cost.


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