Westmoreland Health Expo Receives Massive Support

  •   Adiese Jonas-Murphy, Associate Communication Director
  •  Friday, February 1, 2019

Like bees to honeycomb, so too were the over 1,400 persons as they swarmed the Savanna-la-mar High School in search of healthier alternatives during the recently concluded Mission Project 2019 Health Expo hosted by the Parish of Westmoreland. The event which was spearheaded by the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists was held on Sunday, January 27, 2019, and is the first of its magnitude in partnership with the WJC Transforming Lives Foundation and the National Health Fund.

 “Special big up to the West Jamaica Conference for putting on this programme,” said Diana Reid, a member of the Little London Community. “I am not a member of the church, but I just happened to be at church on Saturday and heard about the Expo. It was my first time getting my pap smear done” she said “and I was informed that the result was good! I really appreciate this opportunity and I know others do too” she ended.

 

The day’s events featured several activities including:

  • A 5K Health Walk
  • Health Checks including Pap smears, Prostate Checks, Dental Checks, Blood Pressure and Sugar tests among others,
  • A Kiddies- Village
  • Lunch Hour Concert and
  • Counseling/Aid Services from the National Health Fund.

 “Today was indeed a tremendous day” stated Pastor Donovan Williams, Executive Secretary of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “It was one of overwhelming support and success. During our 5K health walk this morning, we saw over 600 individuals participating from the 11 Pastoral Districts from the Parish of Westmoreland. We also had about ten doctors offering their services. We thank the National Health Fund who came on board to assist us along with our other partners and sponsors.”

From the overwhelming response by the Parishioners, the Conference hopes to make this event an annual one. “Westmoreland really appreciated what we did here today” said Williams. “We are hoping to make the Health Expo an annual staple programme for the Parish” he ended.

 As preparations heighten for the grand Mission Project 2019 celebration at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Sabbath February 9, 2019, the Conference will host three other Health Expos. The dates and locations are as follows:

  • Health Expo for St. James- Sabbath February 2, 2019 (Sam Sharpe Square Montego Bay)
  • Health Expo for Hanover- Sunday, February 3, 2019 (Jockey Factory, Lucea Hanover)
  • Health Expo for St. Elizabeth- Thursday, February 7, 2019 (Santa Cruz SDA Church- St. Elizabeth).
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