Jamaica Broilers partners with Word Alive for community health and wellness
The parish of St Catherine is gearing up to host the Jamaica Health & Wellness Festival in August of this year. In partnership with the Jamaica Broilers Group, the event will be open for five days, commencing on August 27 at the Word and Faith International Fellowship Church in Spanish Town.
The company has marked the event as a significant part of its 60th nniversary celebration and will be serving the community with the Word Alive team through a number of initiatives over the course of the week. These include gifts of school supplies and gift vouchers to students, opportunity to participate in Hi-Pro's Subsistence to Success programme, and practical care packages filled with basic food items.
For over a decade, Bishop Jacqueline McCullough, Jamaican- born pastor and founder of The International Gathering at Beth Rapha, and president of Precious JEM Ministries, Inc, (a non-profit evangelistic organisation in New York, United States) has organised the provision of medical aid to various communities across the island with the assistance of both local and overseas volunteers.
She established this medical mission through the Word Alive outreach ministry, and has served over 30,000 people in Jamaica and approximately 2,000 people in Liberia between 1997 and 2010.
The initiative was designed to meet the needs of the local community with a 'Pop-Up' Medical Clinic, offering services in the areas of dentistry, gynaecology, podiatry, and ophthalmology.
Additionally, the festival will highlight wellness through the efforts of physical hygienists, general family practitioners, nutritionists, counsellors and other practitioners, who will address sustainable wellness through fitness, healthy eating, emotional and mental stability and other healthy lifestyle choices.
PREACHING THE GOSPEL IS NOT ENOUGH
Bishop McCullough visited the island last week, and during her stay met Norman Scott, mayor of Spanish Town, and representatives of the Jamaica Broilers Group to discuss matters related to the festival and share her vision.
"Preaching the gospel is not enough. People need to be touched, need to be healed, need to be loved," said McCullouch.
Mayor Councillor Scott pledged the support of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation and commended Word Alive and Jamaica Broilers for their commitment to serving the community in this way.
Rochelle Cameron, assistant vice-president, HRD & PR of the Jamaica Broilers Group, noted that overall wellness is a significant focus of the health festival.
"The festival will not just be about the usual health checks; it will be about the overall wellness of the individual. So, I think it fits very well with the Ministry of Health's Jamaica Moves focus. We are honoured to serve our community with this initiative, which is a rewarding part of our 60th celebrations, together with our community," she said.
Word Alive along with Jamaica Broilers Group will launch the event within the community at a date to be announced.