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Supreme Ventures Foundation restores wing at rehab centre

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2015 | 12:00 AM
May Lawrence Evans, director and project coordinator at Supreme Ventures Foundation, examines the newly refurbished bathroom fixtures at the Athlone Wing of the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre.

Supreme Ventures Foundation (SVF) has donated $420,000 to the Athlone Wing of the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre to refurbish the bathroom facilities. For quite some time, the centre has been in need of an upgrade to give added support to the staff who care for the children who live on the wing and to make their accommodation more comfortable. Now, with the help of SVF, they were able to carry out the upgrade.

The wing was built in 1955 to accommodate severely disabled children who survived polio. The Athlone Wing provides a friendly home for children to live and be cared for, while attending schools in surrounding areas.

There are currently four dormitories - two for girls and two for boys - who reside there until age 18. The wing also provides funds for hospital visits, medication, physiotherapy, prostheses, wheelchairs, recreational equipment, schooling and school supplies. Each child participates in an extra-curricular activity, such as track and field, from which many renowned Paralympic medallists have come.




The support system for the rehabilitation centre is a collaborative effort between private enterprises, the Government of Jamaica and the University of the West Indies. The fundraising activities are spearheaded by the Friends of the Mona Rehabilitation Centre, a group of volunteers primarily concerned with patient welfare and the general upgrading of the living and working conditions at the centre. Through annual fundraisers and support from corporate Jamaica, like the Supreme Ventures Foundation, they are able to ensure longevity of the well-needed services carried out by the centre and the Athlone Wing.

May Lawrence-Evans, director and project coordinator for SVF, visited the wing to tour the upgraded facilities. "We applaud the continued efforts of the Friends of the Mona Rehabilitation Centre in providing support for these children and helping them to restore their self-esteem. These self-empowerment initiatives will allow the children to achieve their goals in life, whilst existing in the normal world. When the appeal was made to us earlier this year, we did not hesitate to cover the full costs of the refurbishing. The hostel is their home and it should be their place of comfort, " she said.