PARISHIONERS AND Friends of St Luke's Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia, have contributed over US$2 million to the Jamaica-based St Patrick's Foundation over the last 21 years.
This was disclosed by the chairman of the foundation, Marlon Creary, during his remarks at the St Patrick's Foundation Jamaica Night dinner and silent auction at the Flaherty Hall of St Luke's Catholic Church recently.
Creary told the more than 250 attendees headed by patron of the St Patrick's Foundation, Lady Allen, and Jamaica's ambassador to the United States, Stephen Vasciannie, and Mrs Vasciannie, that the financial support from the McLean community was crucial to the daily activities that the St Patrick's Foundation operates.
"Your assistance keeps our operations running and gives us the resources to serve approximately 6,000 people who depend on us." He noted that the Jamaica Night event is the most significant fund-raiser for the organisation.
Creary said, on a daily basis, the Foundation directly caters to 1,500 persons through the centres they operate. These include an indigent home which caters to those with HIV/AIDS, Riverton Early Childhood Centre, the St Margaret's Human Resource Centre, Christ the Redeemer Resource Centre, and the St Monica Home for the Elderly.
The Foundation is very grateful for the generosity of attendees whose contributions have touched many lives in Jamaica.
Lady Allen lauded the Northern Virginia community of McLean for its generosity and support over the years. "This function is very critical to the daily operations run by this Foundation. We have several school-feeding programmes which serve meals to children, many of whom would not otherwise have been able to attend school. This has been made possible because of the financial support you continue to give."
Lady Allen pointed out that, even with some support coming from the government of Britain; the bulk of the financial support comes from the contributions made by St Luke's Catholic Church community.
Touched many lives
Vasciannie, in his address, commended Monsignor Richard Albert for his vision and foresight in starting the St Patrick's Foundation, which has touched many lives in the underserved community of Riverton City in Jamaica.
The work of Monsignor and the St Patrick's Foundation is legendary, as they help to uplift the lives of many in underserved communities. "It is important that we pause to recognise the value of charitable contributions, made by individuals like you in the McLean community, to worthwhile causes like the St Patrick's Foundation," said the ambassador.
The Jamaican envoy commended the supporters for their contributions to charities. "In spite of the challenges we face both here in the United States and Jamaica, and in particular with respect to the loss many are facing from the effects of the recent Hurricane Sandy, you still honoured your obligation to support this very worthwhile cause."