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Home for the aged gets prayer breakfast cheque

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2016 | 2:00 AMKeisha Hill
The Reverend Dr Stevenson Samuels (left), chairman of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee; Richard Powell (second left), president and CEO of Victoria Mutual Group; Keri-Gaye Brown (second right), senior vice-president, group legal, compliance and corporate services at Victoria Mutual;and Bishop Stanley Clarke (right), vice-chairman, National Leadership Prayer Breakfast, participate in the cheque presentation to Lloyd Ferguson (centre), manager of the Eira Schader Home for the Aged and the Reverend Linford Henry (third right), chairman, Trench Town Ministers’ Fraternal, at the 2016 National Leadership Prayer Breakfast cheque presentation ceremony at the Victoria Mutual corporate offices on February 22.
(From left) The Rev Dr Stevenson Samuels, chairman of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee; Christopher Denny, vice-president, distribution, Victoria Mutual; Lloyd Ferguson, manager of the Eira Schader Home for the Aged; Vivienne Bayley-Hay, vice-president, group marketing and corporate affairs; and Richard Powell, president and CEO of Victoria Mutual Group, are in deep discussion about the needs of the home following the 2016 prayer breakfast cheque handover at Victoria Mutual’s corporate offices on February 22.
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The Eira Schader Home for the Aged has been providing care for homeless senior citizens of Trench Town for more than 30 years.

Proceeds amounting to just over $500,000 from the 36th staging of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast (NLPBC), were recently handed over to the Home at the corporate offices of the Victoria Mutual Group.

"The stark reality is that we are in need of more facilities like the Eira Schader Home for the Aged, which can provide adequate care for our seniors. Many of our seniors are homeless and without families to provide the care they need. We see them on the streets every day," said Richard Powell, president and chief executive office at Victoria Mutual.

"While the donation will go a far way, it is only a drop in the bucket and I urge each and everyone to do what we can," Powell added.

Powell said further that VMBS remains committed to supporting the work of the NLPBC and emphasised the significance of the contribution being made to the home. He also announced that in addition to making a monetary donation towards improving the facilities, the organisation will include the Home as one of its 2016 Labour Day projects.

Lloyd Ferguson, manager at Eira Schader, said the facility currently has six residents. However, the Home has the capacity to care for up to 24 persons. Ferguson has welcomed the involvement of the Trench Town Ministers Fraternal and indicated that the contributions given will be properly administered to maximise the benefits to the needy that they serve.

The Home was established by Swiss national Eira Schader 30 years ago, and provides care for senior citizens in the Trench Town community. It has been managed by Ferguson since 1991.