Angels of Love - It's for the children
GILLIAN PARAGUE, director of public relations at the Angels of Love charity, said that receiving the 2015 Gleaner Honour Award for voluntarism is an overwhelming and humbling experience.
The charity organisation received the Voluntary Service Special Award for its role in providing support to the critically ill and underprivileged children in Jamaica.
“Every time I try to say thanks for this award, I get teary-eyed because this award is not for me or the charity really, but it’s for the children. So many children have passed through our charity; some have died, and some are still with us,” she said.
Parague, who was speaking with The Gleaner following the awards luncheon on Thursday, indicated that the need is great, but pledged that Angels of Love will continue doing their part.
“We are so happy that The Gleaner chose us out of the so many organisations that are doing excellent work in giving back to the less fortunate. It’s truly an honour,” she continued.
Parague went on to encourage persons to make a choice to be happy despite the circumstances.
“I think the drive of the founders is what keeps us going. They are the backbone of the organisation. They are the ones who we look to for guidance. They teach us how to have compassion and to understand that even though you might have a fear of going to hospitals, we have a home to go back to; however, these children, because of their situations, are confined to a bed,” Parague said.