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Newly installed President of the Rotary Club of Mandeville, Keith O’Gilvie, has said that the organisation will continue to give crucial support to the Mandeville Regional Hospital, in Manchester, as it is a major health care provider to the community.
Delivering his inaugural address on July 1, at the Club’s annual installation banquet, held at the Mandeville Hotel, he said the club will assist with equipment for the hospital, and that the members will be working with a number of educational institutions to improve their facilities.
“We are here to fill the needs of the community. We will be assisting the Mandeville Regional Hospital, by providing equipment valued at approximately $5 million. We will be donating computers to Bishop Gibson High School, and the Kendal All Age School. We will be continuing our book donation and water tanks to a number of basic schools,” the President said.
During the last administration, the Rotary Club provided several pieces of state-of-the-art medical equipment to the hospital. The members also donated water tanks to basic schools, and computers to primary and high schools in the parish. The group also has a book programme to improve literacy, and several educational institutions have benefited from the initiative.
Meanwhile, in his address at the banquet, Executive Director of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Ian Neita, implored Jamaicans to emulate the approach and values of the Rotary Club, in its determination to put service above self.
“It is instructive that in its substantial outreach programmes, the Rotary Club of Mandeville has focused on support for the educational institutions and health facilities. For it is in the sound education of a healthy population that we can make quantum and sustainable changes within our society,” he said.