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Mount Pleasant Football Academy on goodwill mission - #Jamaicatogether

Published:Saturday | May 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer
Mount Pleasant employees preparing care packages.
Food packages prepared by members of the Mount Pleasant Football Academy.
The Mount Pleasant Academy bus leaving the property to deliver care packages in St Ann.

Since its elevation to the National Premier League, Mount Pleasant Football Academy has provided home parish, St Ann, and the wider Jamaica, with excitement on the football pitch.

Today, under more trying conditions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the academy continues to impress.

On Wednesday, academy principal, Vanny Clarke, led a team from the institution to hand over food items to the St Ann Infirmary in Priory.

The move followed the delivery of care packages about a week ago in more than 58 communities in the parish.

“It’s just our way of giving back to sections of our society that are a little less fortunate,” Clarke told The Gleaner.

“Yes, we understand that this is a government-funded institution, but also are very cognisant of the fact that the infirmary is one of those areas that are generally underfunded and in these times when you know that government coffers are stretched, we thought it prudent to be there to ensure that we are able to assist through the provision of food items,” he added.

The care packages delivered included items such as yam, sweet potato, Irish potato, pumpkin, rice, flour, cornmeal, along with a range of tin products.

Matron, Ity Vickers, was grateful, stating “I must say a big thank you to the Mount Pleasant Academy for their kind gesture of these food items; I am sure it will go a far way in enhancing the diets of the residents.”

Late last week, a team from the academy visited 58 communities including Cuffy Ridge, Standfast, Knapdale, Bamboo, Lime Hall, Priory and St Ann’s Bay, handing out more than 1,000 care packages with food items. Next Wednesday, the group will target more than 30 communities including Faith’s Pen, Monegaue, Chalky Hill, Breadnut Hill, Walkers Wood, Muirhouse, Buxton, Little Buxton, Watt Town, Gibraltar, Ocho Rios and its environs.

“We just want to ensure that those persons who are most vulnerable receive some sort of support,” he pointed out.

“The reality is that people out there are suffering. We are from St Ann, a parish that has significant sections of its workforce coming from the hospitality industry and many of these persons would have gone home without any meaningful salary. We understand the Government has put together its own little package but if you think about it, many of these persons when they were working would have been the very persons who would be taking care of some of the elderly within our various communities,” Clarke asserted.