Over two hundred persons from the volatile Mount Salem, Rose Heights and Glendevon Communities in St. James, pleasantly walked away sporting their new school supplies and care packages thanks to the generosity of the WJC Transforming Lives Foundation, the charity arm of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The well needed items were distributed during a ‘Back-to-School Health Fair’ held on Sunday August 25, 2019, on the Conference grounds.
According to Janice McGrowther, who serves as Secretary for the Foundation, the initiative was specially designed to provide educational assistance to parents and students from the surrounding communities of the Conference, struggling to make ends meet.
“We formed this charity with the objective of expanding on our mission” she said. “It has taken some work to get this activity together, but at the end of it when you see that those who are in need are being provided for, then you know the work was definitely worth it” McGrowther ended
. Of the persons who turned out at the event, one hundred and seventy (170) registered for health services including medical and dental check- ups. One hundred and forty-nine (149) school supply packages were distributed (to include bags, books and other items) and forty-two care packages (42) were given to parents in need.
“I was able to get a free medical done for my son” said Stacey- Ann Smith, a member of the Glendevon Community. “I want to thank the Adventist Church for putting on this Back-to-School Fair, because it has helped me a lot financially especially now” she ended.
One of the primary areas of focus for the WJC Transforming Lives Foundation is providing education assistance for the less fortunate and so, the charity endeavours to find creative avenues to ensure that the needs of the less fortunate are met.
Since its inception in 2017, it has impacted lives across the constituency through social, health and educational interventions. The recent ‘Back-to-School Health Fair’ is one of several such impacts.
Entities partnering with the WJC Transforming Lives Foundation for the Back-to-School Health Fair included: The St. James Community Services Federation, the President’s Lay Advisory Council, The Women’s and Children’s Ministries Departments, The St. James Public Health Services Nutrition Team, the St. James Public Health Services HIV Unit, Jamaica Moves, Heart Trust/NTA, Tax Administration Jamaica and The Ministry of Labour and Social Security.
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