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Springfield opens door to multipurpose centre

Published:Saturday | October 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Springfield Multipurpose Centre. - Contributed
Former Member of Parliament, North East St Catherine, Phyllis Mitchell (right) speaks with Gloria Facey, president, Springfield Senior Citizens' Club and retired principal of Guys Hill High School, Irvin Small, after a thanksgiving and dedication service for the Springfield Multipurpose Centre on October 1. - Contributed

SPRINGFIELD, St Catherine:

THE SMALL farming community of Springfield, near Guys Hill in St Catherine, now boasts a multipurpose centre.

The facility was constructed by the Springfield Senior Citizens' Club on two and a half acres of land donated by Icylyn Brue-Walker, who hails from the community but is now living overseas.

Speaking on the theme 'Grow Better, Not Just Older', at a recent thanksgiving and dedication service to mark the official opening, Trina Howell noted the importance of growing better while growing older and called on parents to ensure that their children attend church.

"Children do not go to church anymore. Parents do not send children to church anymore. A place that will mould you, build you up, build your self-confidence and self-esteem, because even in the schools, the teachers have so much pressure and issues to work through some of these children, when they come to us," she said.

Growing spiritually

Howell, an educator, who also brought greetings on behalf of Member of Parliament, North East St Catherine, Gregory Mair, who was off the island, pointed out that parents should also make children understand the importance of growing spiritually, as they grow older, as well.

"Academics is important. Your child went to high school and got 12 CXC subjects. They moved on to the University of the West Indies and they are this lawyer, doctor, but what does it profit a man to gain the whole world?" she questioned.

In the meantime, Reverend Orlanzo Wright, pastor, Wheelers Mount Baptist Church where the club used to hold its meetings, lauded the organisation for its sterling effort to construct the centre. Wright offered the prayer of dedication for the facility.

Gloria Facey, the club's president, described the process of building the centre as long and difficult.

"However, after an article was published in The Gleaner two years ago, after we broke ground, a member of the community who lives overseas sent us a generous contribution. We also persevered with help from different persons such as Mr Mair, in various ways," she told Rural Xpress.

Notwithstanding, she pleaded for more help to complete the facility.

"We need it to be tiled, the office space needs to be completed, inside of the building needs to be rendered, it needs a final touch before painting. There are two bathrooms, only one is completed. We also need to complete the kitchen area," the retired guidance counsellor explained.

Regarding activities to be hosted at the facility, Facey said a homework programme topped the agenda.

"But right now, we have no seating. We have tried Food For The Poor, but we were told that they don't have any at this point in time, so we need some help with that," she said.