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Hanover Charities renovates soup kitchen

Published:Thursday | February 23, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Cecile Clare (seated) surrounded by volunteers and members of the Hanover Charity. - Contributed

The newly renovated Hanover Charities soup kitchen in Lucea, has reopened and is now called the Cecile Clare Kitchen of Love.

The renovation costs of $1.5 million were made available entirely through donations raised at the 2011 annual Sugar Cane Ball. The work includes an extension, which now makes the area a welcoming 500 square feet, a new roof, tiled floors, new chairs, tables and utensils.

Food for the Poor donates the goods and Hanover Charities funds 90 per cent of the running of the soup kitchen with an annual donation of $1.4 million.

The kitchen currently feeds between 500-700 persons every Tuesday. However, with the new renovation, the Hanover Charities committee and the Hanover ministers' fraternal, led by Chairman Reverend Clarke, who runs the soup kitchen, are hoping to open twice a week. Food is also taken into the surrounding communities to feed the sick, homeless and elderly in the area who cannot make it to the kitchen.

Along with reverends Crossman, Allan and Clarke and other ministers who organise the running of the kitchen, there are 10 dedicated volunteers who prepare the meals - Merle Thompson, Ardis Morris, Iris Johnson, Jasmine Chambers, Daisy Crooks, Paulette Phillips, Erica Henderson, Grace Smart, Ida Bucknor and Hanover Charities board member, Dorothy Harker.

Katrin Casserly, chair of Hanover Charities, notes, "The newly named Kitchen of Love is named after Cecile Clare, a founding and very active member of Hanover Charities and a force behind the kitchen itself. Clare suffered a stroke three years ago and we the board members felt it fitting to rename the kitchen after someone who had been so inspiring over the years with her contribution to charity."

Hanover Charities is now the largest charitable organisation in Western Jamaica and in the past 10 years alone has raised over US$1.4 million. The proceeds mainly come from the annual Sugar Cane Ball held at Round Hill Hotel every February.

The Sugar Cane Ball is now celebrating its 55th anniversary. The theme this year was 'Shipwrecked' the dress code called for pirate attire (see highlights in this Sunday's Outlook).