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The Rotary Club of Santa Cruz, in St. Elizabeth, handed over an ambulance to the Jamaica Red Cross Society in the parish, on February 23, to boost its response to medical emergencies in the parish.
At the handing over ceremony, held at the St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, in Santa Cruz, Custos of the parish, Hon. Alfred Farquharson, said the unit would be of tremendous help to health care in the parish, and aid in the fostering of community service.
“What you have done will go further to educate the citizens of the meaning of service clubs, and to guarantee support when you go abroad to seek assistance to build the welfare of the communities. The ambulance is a significant gift, it speaks to taking care of the health of a large number of persons in the parish,” he said.
Mayor of Black River, Councillor Jeremy Palmer, who assisted with the clearance of the vehicle from the wharf, told the audience that the new ambulance would give persons in St. Elizabeth the type of response necessary in times of urgent medical attention.
“This is a milestone in seeking to enhance emergency service in the parish. We have an opportunity with something that is sponsored by a community organization to work for everyone, and we must make the best use of it,” the Mayor emphasised.
In his address, President of the Jamaica Red Cross Society, Dr. Joslyn Salmon, said that the gift was made possible through a partnership between two service groups and other individuals. “This is for a worthy cause, and it will receive the best care by our members who will be operating it,” he said.
The ambulance was purchased with funds from the Rotary Club of Santa Cruz, and the Rotary Club of Winchester, Virginia, in the United States.