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Residents of the Westmoreland Golden Age Home, are now living in a more comfortable environment, as the refurbished female ward was officially opened on November 3.
The project was undertaken by the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, at a cost of approximately $20 million.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of the CHASE Fund, W. ‘Billy’ Heaven, said his organisation is committed to improving the social fabric of the country, in the subject areas that it serves.
He argued that a nation is measured by how it treats the vulnerable in its society, and as an organisation devoted to social development, there was no hesitation from the CHASE Fund in financing the Westmoreland Golden Age Home project.
Pointing out that the CHASE Fund had made previous contributions of $5 million to each infirmary across the country, that was affected by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, the CEO added that it is the organisation’s mission to provide hope and assurance to the people it serves, especially the elderly and the young.
“I want to announce this afternoon, that the CHASE Fund is looking favourably at providing funding for the Hanover and St. Thomas infirmaries, and the amount for each will not be less than the amount for this one, which is $20 million,” he said.
He encouraged the community to play its part in protecting and maintaining the facility.
Meanwhile, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Local Government, Robert Montague, said the project forms part of his Department’s effort to rehabilitate golden age homes islandwide.
“Under this programme, both the infrastructural and the nutritional requirements of the residents are being addressed. The commitment of the Government is to continue to put facilities in place, that can help the needy and poor amongst us,” he said.

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