Lions lunch treat for seniors
ABOUT 65 SENIORS were treated to an afternoon of food and fun when the Lions Club of Bridgetown hosted its annual luncheon for senior citizens on Sunday.
Lion Carl Harewood opened his Edgehill Heights, St Thomas home to the seniors, 50 of whom were drawn from the Geriatric Hospital and Gordon Cummins Hospital, along with 15 others from communities across the island.
Harewood said he felt good to see the elderly out, interacting with each other and enjoying a day away from the care facilities.
Lion District Governor Sherwin Greenidge said senior citizens were special to the Lions Club, with most clubs having activities as part of Senior Citizens Month, which is celebrated in September.
“They get to come out and share lunch. You would appreciate that a lot of these seniors are in the Geriatric Hospital and they do not get to come out. So this is excellent for them to get a bus ride, but also a chance to see some of Barbados they have not seen in a while,” he said.
Social services committee chairperson for Lions Bridgetown, Miriam Rouse, said the initiative was a way of giving back to the seniors. Her committee also conducts a breakfast programme at Hillaby/ Turner’s Hall Primary and feeds the homeless the last Saturday of every month.
“We have persons in the community who really are needy and from time to time we assist. I just got a letter from a person who has a child and has to travel, so they need financial assistance. That is something we are looking at to see how best we can assist that person,” Rouse said.
Lions Club president Cy Francis said the club’s 56th anniversary would be marked with a week of activities from September 24 to 30. It will include a tour of the Centre for the Blind and Deaf, a fundraising bingo night and a charter night dinner. The theme for this year is Serving Society Selflessly.
“We have adopted two wards at the Geriatric Hospital and we are currently doing a project where we are installing some privacy curtains for them,” Francis said. (LK)