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Sir Patrick praises air forces association

Published:Saturday | March 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has hailed the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Jamaica for 70 years of service to the country's ex-servicemen.

He was addressing the launch of the RAFA's Wings Appeal 2016 at King's House on Wednesday.

The governor general said that the work of the organisation was a demonstration of selfless commitment to civic service.

"I want to commend your association for 70 years of solid hard work and commitment ... . We cannot underestimate the work and the reasons for this type of service, which is being given through the RAFA," he said.

He also urged members of the public to support the Wings Appeal, which raises money to support former service personnel and their families.

The fundraising campaign will run from March to December. Over the same period, RAFA Jamaica will be hosting a series of activities in celebration of its 70th anniversary on August 16.

Among the activities will be an exhibition at the Jamaica Defence Force's headquarters at Up Park Camp, St Andrew, in honour of the soldiers who fought in World War I. A mobile component of the display will be taken across the island in November.