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St. Mary, with a top score of 48 points, heads the eight teams advancing to the quarter finals of the National Council for Senior Citizens’ (NCSC) Inter-Parish Seniors Bible Quiz competition.
This follows Tuesday’s (September 7) round of matches, staged simultaneously at venues across the island.
Open to senior citizens islandwide, the competition is designed to promote spiritual knowledge among the elderly, while fostering good relationships and self-actualisation, as well as encouraging active ageing and intellectual stimulation.
Tuesday’s elimination round was the second set of matches to be staged, following the recent intra-parish eliminations.
In addition to St. Mary, who defeated Portland, other victors were: St. Andrew, who beat St. Catherine; St. Thomas, who topped Kingston; Manchester, who bested Clarendon; Westmoreland, who defeated St. Elizabeth; Hanover, who triumphed over St. James; and Trelawny, who beat St. Ann.
All seven winners, along with Portland who emerged as the losing team with the highest score (41), advanced to the quarter final round scheduled for November 9. The winners will contest the November 16 semi-finals, with the finals set for November 30.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Andrew Gallimore, who participated in the opening of the St. Andrew/St. Catherine match at the Church of God in Jamaica, St. Andrew, said the quiz was an important tool in stimulating the minds of senior citizens and promoting active aging and a healthy lifestyle.
“It is an important thing to do to keep our seniors together, to keep them active and to keep them mentally stimulated,” he said.
The State Minister urged the seniors to encourage other elderly persons to get involved in the activities of the NCSC.
“Those seniors who are lonely and may be looking for meaningful activity, talk to them and bring them into the activities. Bring them into the computer training classes, bring them into the debates, bring them into this Bible quiz and other activities that are put on by the Council,” Mr. Gallimore urged.
He assured that the Ministry would continue to work with the Council to enhance the quality of life of senior citizens.
An agency of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the NCSC offers a range of programmes and activities geared to improving the quality of life of the country’s senior citizens.