Lions Club of Port Antonio making a difference
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.