Maverley seven times lucky
For the seventh consecutive year, residents of Maverley, St Andrew, especially mothers and their children, came out in droves to access, what would have otherwise been an expensive venture, or inordinate wait for most, to see a general practitioner; a dentist and ophthalmologist ahead of the new school year.
Mix that with some fun and treats at The Source community resource centre, and the seventh annual Maverley back-to-school Health Fair, held recently, seemed an official last hoorah of the summer for many children of this sometimes volatile inner city community, as they got their eyes examined, teeth cleaned and had a medical done for an access fee of only $300.
"We consider this our most important project every year, because so many parents find it difficult to access the medical care they need for their children during this period because of all of the other expenses that they must undertake," says Keith Parkes, president of the Rotary Club of Trafalgar New Heights, which has been organising and executing the health fair for Maverley residents for the past seven years.
"As a parent I know how costly and hectic the back-to-school period can be, as the expenses mount with the school items and tuition, as well as other fees that have to be paid and, therefore, for the past seven years we've made it our priority to bring healthcare services to the residents of Maverley so that their children can have access to necessary care before the start of the new school year," Parkes said.