Gymnasts give back to fire victims of Walker's Place of Safety

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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While some kids their age would have been enjoying dinner or feasting on ice-cream, members of Jamaica's Junior Development Gymnastics team made their way to the Maxfield Park Children's Home to make a generous donation to wards of the state that have been displaced due to last month's fire at Walker's Place of Safety.

The team members, who were moved by the tragedy at the home, which saw two wards being killed and 34 displaced, felt the need to assist in the rebuilding process and as such have since been storing items of clothing which they eventually dropped off on Sunday.

Accompanied by parents and National Gymnastics Federation president Nicole Grant-Brown, the gymnasts delivered the items on their visit to Maxfield Park Children home where many of the displaced wards are being housed.

Grant-Brown lauded her athletes for taking the initiative to show their support for those who have suffered.

“They were very touched by the fire that destroyed the Walkers Place of Safety and wanted so much to give back. They been putting aside items of clothing since January and decided to drop them off immediately after National training today (Sunday), led by captain Jamilia Duffus and teammate Kimoya Banks, who both made presentations on behalf of the team,” a proud Grant-Brown told the Jamaica Observer.

Members of the team, who will depart Jamaica on February 26 to Canada for the Strathcona Classic and Gymnix Challenge in Edmonton and Montreal Canada, were also able to tour the facility courtesy of manager of Maxfield Park Children Home Winston Bowen.

The gymnasts will further show their support for those in need by participating at the Sigma Run to support the children who will benefit from the proceeds

Walker's Place of Safety was in operation for over 45 years, and was home to 36 wards aged of two to 18 years, who have been abandoned or removed from their homes because of unstable conditions. It also provided food and shelter, along with access to educational services and health care for those it cares for..

— Sherdon Cowan

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