Residents from several communities in and around Happy Grove, in North West St. Elizabeth, benefited from a health fair and get-together on February 6, sponsored by head of Sunshine Auto Parts, Mr. Errol Brennan, who grew up in the area.
The residents, mainly the elderly, received free health checks, while the children got dental care. Gifts were also handed out to persons who turned up at the Happy Grove All Age School.
In her address at the function, Administrative and Marketing Manager at Sunshine Auto Parts, Miss Esther Lyle, said the 28 year-old company has, over the years, sponsored university students to ensure that they get the best education, so that they can give back to their communities, and the country.
“We have participated with the St. Elizabeth Homecoming Foundation, on a number of projects. Today, we are here bringing the old and the young together. Without our elderly, we would not have had today, and without our youth, we won’t have tomorrow. So, it is very important to put these two age groups together,” Miss. Lyle argued.
Children in attendance at a community health fair and get-together, sponsored by Sunshine Auto Parts, at Happy Grove, in North West St. Elizabeth, on February 6.
A resident of the area, Mrs. Yvonne Comrie, told JIS News that Mr. Brennan has given several scholarships to students of the communities, and that the treat for the elderly and children would be remembered for a long time. “The Happy Grove All Age School has a school garden, courtesy of Errol. He is not selfish, he grew up here, and he has given tremendous support to individuals and institutions in the communities,” Mrs. Comrie said.
Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for the area, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, lauded the gesture, and called on communities to work for the good of everyone. “Let this be a turning point where we put hands and hearts together and uplift our communities. Mr. Brennan has started it, and we must work together to further develop the areas. We need the co-operation of each and every individual in the communities,” he said.
Mr. Hutchinson, who is also State Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, pointed out that there are programmes to help the young people, citing the HEART Trust/NTA programme at the Lacovia Training Centre, where persons will graduate in House Keeping next month. “We will also be starting Long Life Learning there and other programmes for persons who want to be entrepreneurs,” he added.