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The Rotary Club of Christiana has honoured the “Flying Dentists,” a group of American dentists who have been coming to Jamaica since 1978 to provide self help and dental care.
Each year the dentists visit Jamaica and stay at the residences of Rotarians in areas that they served, including Warsop, Albert Town and Stettin in Trelawny; Spalding, Clarendon; Baron Hall, St. Ann; Robins Hall, Devon, Chantilly, Colleyville, Pike, Porus and Christiana, Manchester; and Lawrence Tavern, St. Andrew. On Wednesday (March 4), the Rotary Club thanked the dentists for their humanitarian work. Past Assistant District Governor, Ronald Hamilton, noted that they have helped the communities tremendously as, in addition to dental care, they have helped persons to set up small enterprises and have equipped medical facilities with needed equipment. “Overriding all the work that these dentists have done, has been the development of a great friendship between them, the members of the Christiana Club and the communities in which they have served,” he stated.
“We thank them for service. We thank them for giving to the people of Jamaica, service above self,” he said. Replying on behalf of the group, Dr. North Shepper said that they did not expect to be honoured, as they were doing something they enjoy, and their love for the country has made the annual visit a permanent one for them. “What you have done for us this evening, has made us feel very honourable. We do this, because we really wanted to do it. It is our desire to help people to develop personal responsibility and self respect. A difference has been made in many lives since we have been coming and I have seen so many good things happen during the programme,” Dr. Shepper said.

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