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C&WJ brings Easter joy to St James Infirmary

Published:Thursday | April 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas
Andrea Mumby


 The residents of the St James Infirmary in Montego Bay, got an early Easter treat on Wednesday when representatives of the Jamaica (C&WJ) Co-operative Credit Union visited and ‘feted’ them in an atmosphere of care and concern.

Andrea Mumby, regional manager of the credit union, explained that the decision to visit the infirmary and spend time with the 57 residents was an extension of the group’s annual Easter outreach activities, which have been held in St Ann for the past seven years.

“Our credit union believes in social responsibility, so we want to share the joy at Easter,” said Mumby. “On a yearly basis in St Ann, we feed the residents at the infirmary, and so we have extended it now to Montego Bay”.

“We went and we sat and talked with the residents, and we had fun with them, because we realise that they need somebody to talk with,” continued Mumby. “They gave us jokes, and we responded, and they asked us to come back, not just only at Easter, but on regular visits, because they evidently need friends. We are going to visit more regularly. It is part of our mandate, and we could even think about adopting them.”

Although the yearly Easter treat used to be limited to the St Ann Infirmary, Mumby said that other locations will be given consideration for future visits.

“We will be taking it [annual activity] to other areas as time goes by... this is the first time for Montego Bay,” said Mumby. “We care about the less fortunate, and we want to give back to them and to the community on a whole.”

The Jamaica (C&WJ ) Co-operative Credit Union, which has been in operation since 1961, has 18 branches across seven parishes, including a branch in Montego Bay