Friday 18 October, 2019

Ministry brings Christmas cheer to La Romaine elderly

Photo: President of the La Romaine Community Council and National Volunteer Network Coordinator, Mr Matthew Kailah distributing Christmas presents to the specially invited guests and the elderly from the region. (Courtesy the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government)

Photo: President of the La Romaine Community Council and National Volunteer Network Coordinator, Mr Matthew Kailah distributing Christmas presents to the specially invited guests and the elderly from the region. (Courtesy the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government)

Last Saturday, the elderly community of La Romaine were treated to a Seniors' Christmas Breakfast, courtesy the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government.

In a statement, the Ministry said the National Volunteer Network Coordinator along with other personnel from the Ministry assisted the La Romaine Community Council in a Seniors’ Christmas Breakfast which was dedicated to giving back to the elderly persons in the region.

National Volunteer Network Coordinator Matthew Kailah commended the efforts of the Council and the residents.

“It is really heartwarming to see the efforts made by the La Romaine Community Council in organizing this breakfast to show appreciation to the persons who were pivotal in moulding and shaping the community that we know today.”

During the event, Youth Officer Lace Peters extended sincerest thanks to Pastor Lorna Mendoza and the Revival Mission Church for their assistance with preparing for the event.

Special recognition was paid to the eldest male and female in the community, Daphne Blades, who is 92 years old and Herman Guerra, who is 85 years old. 

President of the La Romaine Community Council Glen Jemmott vowed to continue hosting community activities such as these.

"This is the first time that we have done a Christmas breakfast for the elderly and we hope to continue initiatives like these following the refurbishment of the Community Centre."

"It is an absolute joy to put a smile on the faces of those who have been pillars of support in the La Romaine region. I would like to especially thank the members of the Council and all the residents who came together to make today a success.”

He further encouraged Corporate Trinidad, volunteer groups as well as residents to participate in their Christmas Drive which is geared towards a Christmas Treat for the young kids in the community. 

Minister Kazim Hosein said he remains committed to working with all Municipalities through their Volunteer Networks.

“I am happy to see such growth taking place with these Volunteer Networks and the overwhelming support from the people across all 14 Municipalities."

"We at the Ministry are dedicated to improving the care and quality of service to all citizens in our beloved country. Service to Mankind is service to God and giving back to our communities and by extension, the elderly are great ways to do so.”

If you wish to donate to this worthy cause and put a smile on the face of a child, feel free to contact the President of the La Romaine Community Council Glen Jemmott at 768-9523 or Secretary Pearl Mitchell at 488-7584.

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