GG Launches RAFA Wings Appeal

Photo: JIS Photographer Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (left), is pinned by Honorary Secretary, Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA), Valrie Tate, after making his contribution to the RAFA Wings Appeal 2013. Looking on is President, RAFA, Major General Robert Neish. The wings appeal was launched on Thursday, September 5, during a ceremony at King’s House.

Story Highlights

  • Sir Patrick Allen, launched the RAFA Jamaica Wings Appeal 2013 on September 5
  • Sir Patrick encouraged all Jamaicans to support the initiative
  • RAFA Jamaica will also be celebrating the Battle of Britain Week from September 8 to 15, 2013

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, launched the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Jamaica Wings Appeal 2013 on Thursday, September 5, during a ceremony at King’s House.

The Wings Appeal raises money to support former service personnel and their families. Sir Patrick encouraged all Jamaicans to support the initiative.

“Your contribution to RAFA will help to provide for the welfare and necessary specialist care of our ex-service personnel and their families, elderly and disabled ex-service officers, as well as RAFA pensioners, widows and widowers,” he stated.

The Governor-General also thanked the serving officers for their hard work and commitment to Jamaica.

“The lives you touch, especially in the areas of search and rescue and medical reconnaissance, are a testimony of your commitment. Best wishes for the success of your fund raising activities as well as for your week of celebration,” Sir Patrick said.

President, RAFA, Major General Robert Neish, expressed his appreciation to the Governor-General for his support to the organisation over the years.

“This appeal, each year, is an effort by this small organisation to raise funds in order to make sure that we can support and help those of the veterans of the Royal Air Force, who fought in World War II, who gave up their peaceful life in Jamaica voluntarily and went abroad to serve,” Major Neish said.

The RAFA Jamaica (580 Branch) was established in 1946 and is a division of the United Kingdom-based charitable organisation, established in 1943, to provide care and support to serving and retired members of the Royal Air Forces.

RAFA Jamaica will also be celebrating the Battle of Britain Week from September 8 to 15, 2013.

The week of activities begins on Sunday, September 8 with a thanksgiving service at Garrison Church, Up Park Camp, St. Andrew.

On Wednesday, September 11, the annual Reunion Dinner will be held at Curphey Place, and this will be followed on Sunday, September 15, by a wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph, National Heroes Park.

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