Apr 08, 2017 Sports
Hundreds of senior citizens from Rose Hall Town and the Lower Corentyne area on Monday 3rd of April were pleasantly surprised when the members of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, M.S eight cricket teams and Over-35
Group launched their Senior Citizens Care Programme. The programme involved providing medical care and refreshments for the pensioners who turned up at the Rose Hall Town Post Office on the first working day of the month to uplift their pension. The Club provided cold liquid refreshments, hot tea, snacks and a variety of fruits to the pensioners, some of whom turned up at the Post Office from as early as 3:00AM in order to avoid the rush.
Club Secretary/CEO of the RHTY&SC, Hilbert Foster stated that the cricket teams and the Over-35 Group was mandated by Management after numerous requests were made by the pensioners themselves. Foster explained that the main problem was that most of the pensioners turned up early and had to wait until 11:00AM to collect their pensions. The majority of them do so without any snacks and this often results in some of them fainting or feeling unwell.
The RHTY&SC intends to hosts the programme every month at the Rose Hall Town Post Office and on a quarterly basis at the Nigg and Whim Post Offices. The Club has also made arrangements with the Berbice Regional Health Authority for personnel to be present at the venue to look after the senior citizens if they require any medical attention.
At the official launching, a doctor and a team of nurses were present and they treated over 60 residents who took advantage of the free medical attention. The senior citizens were also presented with hand towels by the cricketers
as a gift.
Long serving Secretary/CEO, Hilbert Foster, stated that it was one of the most rewarding and satisfying project he has ever been involved in as the pensioners were clearly delighted with being looked after by the RHTY&SC, M.S. Next month, he stated the programme would be expanded to provide more snacks and refreshments, while the senior citizens would continue to receive small gifts from the Cricket teams. Plans are also being put into place to provide free medication for senior citizens after visiting the doctor.
Under the Senior Citizens Care Programme, the teams and the Over-35 Group would also be providing food hampers to less fortunate senior citizens and would be hosting Mothers and Father’s Day Events for a combined 300 elderly parents. The main objectives are to express gratitude to senior citizens for their contribution to Guyana, to make them feel appreciated and to teach the younger members of the Club, the importance of assisting the elderly. The teams involved were Farfan and Mendes Under-15, Bakewell under-17 & Second Division, Pepsi under-19 & Intermediate, Metro Females and Gizmos & Gadgets Under-21 and First Division.
The RHTY&SC would like to express gratitude to the Town Clerk of Rose Hall Town Ms. Natasha Munroe, the Post Master and Staff of the Rose Hall Town Post Office, the Berbice Regional Health Authority, the Security Department of the Rose Hall Town Council, Bello Welding Shop, Dexter Brijadder and the True Heart Family Music Set for their assistance in making the launching of the programme a success.
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