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MoBay’s needy get Christmas Kettle Ride

Published:Wednesday | December 24, 2014 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera
Janet Silvera photo Mayor Edward Lyons (left, front), Divisional Commander, Salvation Army, receives a cheque from Karl McIntosh of N.O. Whyte and Associates, following a charity ride for the city's needy by the Breakaway Cycling Club in Montego Bay.

WESTERN BUREAU:

Some of western Jamaica's most needy are to benefit from a Christmas Kettle Ride staged for the Salvation Army last week by cyclists attached to the Breakaway Cycling Club in Montego Bay.

Organised by N.O. Whyte & Associates Limited, the cyclists, who rode 17 miles - between Fairview, Montego Bay and Hopewell, Hanover - and have been supporting the Kettle Ride over the last five years, raised an average of $150,000, a 50 per cent increase over 2013.

A number of private-sector companies sponsored the riders individually.

"The donation has allowed us to reach 60 per cent of our Christmas care packages target," The Salvation Army's divisional commander, Major Edward Lyons, told The Gleaner.

According to the divisional commander, food packages costing $2,000 each would be issued to the most needy.

"We are targeting a total of 1,000 Christmas parcels," he stated.

In addition to food items, the Salvation Army, he said, buys toiletries, which are given to shut-ins, patients at the infirmary, the mentally ill and persons at the hospitals.

Dr Barbara Salmon-Grandison, one of the cyclists behind the project, said this was something the riders looked forward to each year.

"For them, it's giving back to a community that needs it most," she said. "We have all watched the work being carried out by the Salvation Army and know they cannot do the number of interventions they are involved in without support from the community."

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com