JIS News

The Pennsylvania Kiwanis International has donated approximately 5,016 bottles of multi-vitamins to 62 childcare facilities in Jamaica.
The $1.2 million donation was officially handed over to the Child Development Agency (CDA) today (October 13) at the Ministry of Health in Kingston.
Roy Glick of Pennsylvania District Kiwanis International, in handing over the vitamins to Alison Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of the CDA, informed that the contribution was made possible through its 6,000 Kiwanis members and collaboration with the Kingston Kiwanis club.
He also noted that the contribution was in honour of the late Rex Fennell, a former Kingston Kiwanian, who had suggested that children’s vitamins be donated as a more meaningful alternative to teddy bears and toys.
“We’re happy to have provided $1.2 million worth of children’s vitamins to the island and as long as I keep my health and as long as the Pennsylvania Kiwanis choose to give the necessary funds to purchase the vitamins, we’ll do it again,” Mr. Glick said.
The donation is the second of its kind since 2001. The association’s previous engagement in the country included the construction of the Blossom Gardens Children’s Home in Montego Bay, St. James.
In her remarks, Miss Anderson thanked members of Kiwanis International for their support and pointed out that the donation was timely and opportune, as it tied in with the government’s focus on ensuring that the nation’s children received proper nutrition.
“I think it is opportune that you are making such an important contribution towards ensuring that our children have the right beginnings,” she noted. The vitamins have been distributed to over 50 of the 62 childcare facilities so far.