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Rotary Club of Savanna-la-Mar stages health fair

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Despite recent adverse weather conditions in sections of Jamaica due to the effect of Hurricane Irma, scores of people turned out at the Independence Park here for a back-to-school treat and health fair staged by the Rotary Club of Savanna-la-Mar.

“We decided that, rain or shine, we were going to have it... all my Rotarians came out to assist, we are all a team. We work together despite of what,” said newly installed president of the Rotary Club of Negril Hyacinth Tyghter.

During the event students received school supplies and meals, and were treated to a lively entertainment package.

“Everything was a success. The children are happy. We had entertainment for them. We had a little concert. We had giveaways. They had grab bags. Different schools did poems, skits and little dances. And, we gave them books and different things,” said Tyghter.

“We saw this fit right now because back-to-school, we know, is hard for parents to provide the necessary school items that students need, so we just think we could do this as a project.”

She noted that the project was revived following a two-year hiatus.

September is being celebrated as Literacy Month by the Rotary Club islandwide, and last Saturday's event was just one of many activities planned by the over 30-member strong Savanna-la-Mar club, commonly referred to as the “Vibes Club” by other Rotarians across the island.

Literacy chairperson for the Savanna-la-Mar Rotary Club, Audrey Williams Woolery, said the club started off the month of activities with devotion at Broughton Primary on Friday, where head girl of The Manning's School made a presentation on literacy. Friday was celebrated as International Literacy Day.

Other activities will include a school debate competition, which will see primary schools debating on what the Rotary club's motto “service above self,” means to them.

The winning school will receive $15,000 and a trophy, while second place will get $10,000 and a trophy. Third place will get $7,000 and a trophy.

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