A delegation from the Rotary Club of Falls Church, Virginia in the United States, is slated to visit the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre in Jamaica next month, to assess areas of need and see how the club can offer assistance.
Club President, Carlota McCormack, said that the visit to the island by the club is as a result of an appeal from Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Anthony Johnson, when he addressed a recent club meeting.
She noted that the club will be working through Rotary District 7610, of which it is a part, to provide upgraded technology and equipment for the wheelchair repair shop at the Mona facility.
District Governor, Horace McCormack, will accompany Mrs. McCormack on the July trip, where they will have discussions with the operators of the Rehabilitation facility so as to become more familiar with the needs and the challenges that the centre faces. “It is the intention of the club and the district to work with the centre to provide upgraded technology to enhance the operations of the centre,” she said, noting that Governor of District 7020, which includes Jamaica and the northern Caribbean, Errol Alberga, has also lent support to the mission.
Ambassador to the United States, Anthony Johnson, addresses members of the Rotary Club of Falls Church in Virginia at its weekly meeting held recently at the Harvest Moon Restaurant.
According to Mrs. McCormack, the Church Falls Rotarians have worked actively with member clubs in Jamaica on several occasions. More recently, they worked with the North St. Andrew Rotary Club to provide desktop computers for the St. Francis Preparatory School in Hannah Town, as well as to provide financing support for the development and launch of an adult literacy centre in Christiana, Manchester. Financial assistance has also been provided to the Eastern Kingston and Port Royal Rotary Clubs towards the purchase of an ambulance.
Ambassador Johnson, in his address at the weekly luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Falls Church at the Harvest Moon Restaurant, where he appealed for assistance for the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre, lauded the club for its service to humanity, in building goodwill and promoting better friendships around the world. “The Rotary organisation is regarded as a premier service club in most countries around the world and fits in with civil society. Rotarians do not act out of a desire for profit, but out of a desire to provide good for their fellow men,” he noted.
He stated that Jamaica has benefitted from a number of charitable projects undertaken in partnership with various Rotary clubs from around the world. These include projects in the areas of health, education, housing and farming.
He urged the members of the club to look at Jamaica as a possible site to host their various conventions and meetings, as well as for vacationing.