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Seniors fêted

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Carol Wint (left) and Clarice Rowe (right) exchange words over their meal at a senior citizens' treat put on by the Lion Club of New Kingston and other entities yesterday.-photos by Gladstone Taylor/Photographer
Lions Club member Ann-Marie Rhoden (left) gives ice to Carol Wint moments before pouring her a cup of orange juice to accompany her meal.

Alessandro Boyd, Sunday Gleaner Writer

More than 100 senior citizens were fêted yesterday as the Lions Club of New Kingston, Food For The Poor and the Red Cross showed their appreciation for these Jamaican unsung heroes.

The annual senior citizens' treat, which has been held every year for the past 15 years, was staged at the Rockfort Mineral Bath in Kingston, with good times to be had by all.

"We are primarily about serving the poor, but also the most vulnerable, and many of our seniors fall into that group," said Susan Moore, director of recipient services at Food For the Poor.

"Many of these senior citizens have been abandoned by their relatives, so we give them the opportunity to come and indulge in a fun activity. This is an opportunity for us to serve in a way that is really relaxing, and offers a lot of sharing," added Moore.

"I like it, sometimes I don't feel so well but this makes me feel better. Today has been good with both the food and the services, I look forward to coming again next year" said 75-year-old Louise Taylor.

That was a request from several others as they enjoyed their day.

"The feedback has been very overwhelming and positive from the seniors. They keep asking us to make sure that we come back next year. They actually ask us if you can do it more than once for the year" said Hyacinth Smith, who co-ordinated the event for the Lions Club.