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  • Centenarian, Estella Thelwell, of Spanish Hill, in Hanover, was presented with gifts by Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, who visited her at home on Friday, September 5.
  • Mrs. Thelwell, who celebrated her 103rd birthday earlier this year, was congratulated by Minister Kellier.
  • Mr. Kellier said the Government remains committed to taking care of the nation’s elderly through a number of social programmes, and that it is important for Jamaicans to take care of themselves.

Centenarian, Estella Thelwell, of Spanish Hill, in Hanover, was presented with gifts by Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, who visited her at home on Friday, September 5.

Mrs. Thelwell, who celebrated her 103rd birthday earlier this year, was congratulated by Minister Kellier.

“The Bible speaks of allowing people to live three scores and ten years…however you have done very well by reaching 103 not out. This is clearly due to God’s blessings and the care that you have taken of yourself over the years,” the Minister said.

Mr. Kellier said the Government remains committed to taking care of the nation’s elderly through a number of social programmes, and that it is important for Jamaicans to take care of themselves.

The Minister presented Mrs. Thelwell with gift packages and a ‘special’ token, courtesy of the Ministry.

Responding, Mrs. Thelwell thanked Mr. Kellier and the Ministry for recognizing her on the occasion of her 103rd birthday.

“I thank you for coming here to be with me and my family today. Thanks also for the gifts and I want to encourage all of you to live good, take care of yourselves and be happy,” she said.