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275 wheelchairs given to the needy

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2016 | 12:00 AM
St James Public health nurse, Mae Parchment (seated), accepts a wheelchair on behalf of a recipient at the presentation ceremony of 275 wheelchairs at the New Testament Church of God in Montego Bay, St James, on July 19. To Parchment’s left is Matt Andrews, one of the principal organisers, and to her right are Dave Payerchin, another of the organisers, and evangelist Errol Rattray.

Some 275 wheelchairs were presented to persons at the New Testament Church of God in Montego Bay, St James, on July 19.

The Errol Rattray Evangelistic Association, a local faith-based humanitarian organisation, as well as charity group Ja'Mobility, from out of California, United States, made the donation to families of amputees and bedridden patients.

Businessman Matt Andrews, a member of Ja'Mobility, said the group wanted to give something back in a meaningful way to people who are less fortunate, and Jamaica was chosen because of the personal connections some of his partners have with the Caribbean nation.

Since this year, two containers, each with 550 wheelchairs, have been distributed across the island, including St James, Westmoreland, Hanover, Kingston, St Mary, and Portland.

Dr Tony Angelo, clinical psychologist from Southern California and a founding member of Ja'Mobility, said his organisation has affiliated itself with Free Wheelchair Mission, a prominent United States-based charity group that has provided most of the assistance in sourcing the wheelchairs.