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  • Head of the Bureau of Women's Affairs, Dr. Glenda Simms, is urging females
  • Her call came at the recent annual yard sale of the Treasure Beach Women's Group in St. Elizabeth, a local non-governmental organisation (NGO).
  • She pointed out that such an activity was necessary.

Head of the Bureau of Women’s Affairs, Dr. Glenda Simms, is urging females “to take a more pro-active role” as it relates to the shaping of their future.

Her call came at the recent annual yard sale of the Treasure Beach Women’s Group in St. Elizabeth, a local non-governmental organisation (NGO).

“I am happy to be here to see the members of this group working together for the common good. It is obvious that the group is at the centre of this community, and this special fund-raising activity will certainly help lead to greater economic independence,” Dr. Simms said.

She pointed out that such an activity was necessary, “as the little subvention that the government provides to assist with outreach programmes is very limited at this time”.

Peace Corps volunteer, Celeste Anderson, who is assigned to work with the group, outlined the reason for the yard sale.

“The funds that we raise today will help to support our local literacy programme.it will also help to fund our health projects,” she said.

Mrs. Anderson noted that members of the group had recently opened a local craft shop called ‘House of Treasure’.

“This is the base for our operations. There are still a number of things that we need to procure in order to make it more comfortable for the members of the group. It is a real joy to see the fruits of our labour, as the residents have really come out to support this activity,” she said.

She noted that there were two special projects, which were on board to be implemented in the community very soon.

“I make reference to a special donkey taxi service to transport our tourists around the town and also a special clothes dyeing project, which should further help to bring in some income for the group,” Mrs. Anderson said.

She had high praise for the many companies and individuals who contributed either cash or kind to the yard sale.

“One must always remember that it takes a whole village to bring about the right kind of development in an area,” Mrs. Anderson said.