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Coldwell Banker refurbishes kitchen at Jamaica Society for the Blind

Published:Monday | December 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Andrew Issa (left), realtor and owner of Coldwell Banker, receives thanks from Daemion McLean (centre), chairman of Jamaica Society for the Blind, while real estate developer Peter Issa looks on.

In the season renowned for giving and glee, the Jamaica Society for the Blind (JSB) got a slice of the kindness as Coldwell Banker Jamaica Realty, alongside sponsors, refurbished their kitchen facilities at 111 Old Hope Road in St Andrew.

The official handover of the newly refurbished facility took place last Wednesday.

The JSB was established in 1954 with the support of the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind in response to a petition made to the Queen of England with respect to the conditions affecting persons who were blind in Jamaica (at that time).

Daemion McLean, chairman of the JSB, expressed gratitude towards Coldwell for the refurbished facility that is expected to better serve the needs of members of the society.

Said McLean: “We are happy that Coldwell Banker did consider the JSB a project that is worth their while and I’m sure that future activities in this kitchen will certainly demonstrate its usefulness to the lives of persons that are blind or visually impaired.”

Andrew Issa, realtor and owner of Coldwell Banker, said he was humbled by being able to assist in this manner.

Said Issa: “I grew up in this area, I went to Sts Peter and Paul and Campion, so I’m very familiar with the JSB. It was very heartwarming to receive your letter and I’m grateful we were in a position to extend and refurbish the kitchen as I saw the need and it was a worthy cause.”

He added: “I admire people that look at life and don’t look at obstacles in front of them but find ways to go around them. I encourage the entire staff at JSB to continue to offer this great service to everyone in Jamaica that needs it.”

Marsha Barr, a visually impaired client of the JSB, who was actively involved in cooking classes at the facility, also attested the magnitude of the gesture.

Said Barr: “This kitchen is a wonderful gift and I’m really thankful for it.”

Tile City, Enerbiz Ltd., Active Traders and Radcliffe Jones also made generous contributions to the initiative.