Lions lunch treat for se­niors

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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)

TREVOR ARTHUR, a pa­tient of the Geri­atric Hos­pi­tal, re­ceiv­ing his lunch from pres­i­dent of the Lions Club of Bridgetown, Cy Fran­cis. (Pic­tures by Ri­cardo Lea­cock.)

SOME OF THE SE­NIORS en­joy­ing the an­nual lun­cheon hosted by the Lions Club of Bridgetown.

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