Li­ons Club of Port An­to­nio mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

Jamaica Gleaner - - LIONS CLUB FEATURE -

THE LI­ONS Club of Port An­to­nio was char­tered on April 8, 2008 with Lion Nel­lie Walker as the char­ter pres­i­dent, along with 20 other mem­bers drawn from a cross sec­tion of the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing the health, ed­u­ca­tional, and busi­ness sec­tors.

Since its in­cep­tion, the Li­ons Club of Port An­to­nio has made its mark in the par­ish of Port­land. The club has been in­volved in health fairs from the east to west of the par­ish: Port An­to­nio town, the Rio Grande Val­ley, Fruit­ful Vale, and Buff Bay Val­ley. The club, in re­sponse to the needs of the com­mu­nity and in col­lab­o­ra­tion with sev­eral in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing the Amer­i­can Friends of Ja­maica, Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture, Sci­ence and Ed­u­ca­tion and Food For The Poor, erected hous­ing for the blind and el­derly, pro­vided food and pro­vi­sions for the home­less, and at the in­fir­mary, adopted the Muir­ton Boys’ Home, and men­tored youth un­der the ASTEP pro­gramme that as­sists chil­dren at risk in schools.

Sight con­ser­va­tion and blind­ness pre­ven­tion is a flag­ship area for the Li­ons Move­ment, and in this re­gard, the Li­ons Club of Port An­to­nio has played its part and demon­strated the use of white canes to the blind, do­nated white canes, pro­vided ed­u­ca­tion on the pre­ven­tion of blind­ness, reg­is­tered blind per­sons, con­ducted eye screen­ing, and pro­vided pre­scribed glasses to both chil­dren and adults in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Cana­dian Vi­sion Care team of op­tometrists.

In the area of health, the club do­nated an ECG ma­chine to the Port An­to­nio Hospi­tal.

Char­ter Pres­i­dent Lion Nel­lie Walker hand­ing over a new ECG ma­chine and pa­per to Bent­ley Steer, hospi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tor at the Port An­to­nio Hospi­tal.

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