NY- based team to give aid to Region one
By Latoya Giles
A fifteen (15) member team from the New York-based Guyana Aid Region One, Inc. (“GARO”) is expected in the country on August 3rd, 2012 to conduct a one day Health Fair in Mabaruma, Region 1. This Health Fair will be held on August 7 and is the first of what is expected to be an annual event.
The team will be in Guyana for the period August 3rd to August 12th, 2012 and would be met by their President Mr. David Correia and members of the Georgetown Chapter of GARO.
While in Guyana, the organization will make donations of medical supplies to the Georgetown Hospital and the Mabaruma Regional Hospital.
In addition they would take the opportunity to present their annual awards to the top 10 students from Region 1 who excelled at the recently concluded Grade Six assessment. This year these students are from Koriabo, Mabaruma, Kamwatta, Moruca and Port Kaituma.
The President of the Organization has indicated that the event was made possible through collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, the Regional Chairman, Region 1 and the Doctor and Matron of the Mabaruma Hospital.
GARO (New York Chapter) is a registered not-for-profit organization in New York State, organized to help the people in Region One socially, educationally and economically. It comprises mostly members who have lived in the Region previously, though some of the members are from other parts of Guyana; others are children of Guyanese parents and some are even citizens of the United States.
In the past, GARO donated computers to schools and learning centres in Mabaruma, netbooks to the learning centre in Moruca, textbooks to the secondary schools, books and supplies to Wauna Nursery school and bed linen to Mabaruma and Pakera Hospitals. Annual monetary awards are also given to students who excel at the Grade Six Examination. They have also donated clothing to the poor and gifts to help craft groups prepare products for samples and for sale. This is their first attempt at helping the people in Region One to become more aware of their health and well-being.
All the members are volunteers and funds must be raised every year in the US to help the Region. In order to raise funds, they conduct two functions annually: a “North West Style” breakfast every September and a dance in November. This year, a Barbeque was organized solely to help pay for the Health Fair venture in Region One.
Mr. Correia said that the members are excited about this new outreach and are hoping that the Health Fair will become a regular event in the other sub-regions in following years.
The Georgetown Chapter collaborates with the New York Chapter while at the same time it identifies and funds other undertakings in the region.
The President of the Georgetown Chapter is Captain (CG) John Flores, while the Treasurer is Leslie Wilburg and Secretary is Mona Bynoe.