50 wards of the state hosted at back-to-school fair
Rosalee Gage-Grey, CEO of Child Protection and Family Services Agency, has applauded the efforts of the agency's western region who incorporated medical and dental services into their annual back-to-school fair for the first time.
The event was held under the theme, 'Inspire health and education for a better nation' at the St John's Methodist Church in Montego Bay last Friday.
The fair has been providing back-to-school supplies for wards of the state in Westmoreland, Hanover, St James and Trelawny for the past five years, and the organisers were pleased that they were able to provide the additional services in their outreach effort.
"It is important to prepare the children to go back to school. The western region primarily had this fair where we bring in different stakeholders," said Gage-Grey.
Head of the Child and Family Support Unit, Shanikee Pinnock, had high praises for the corporate support and philanthropic gesture of several members of the diaspora and expressed gratitude to the medical professionals from the University of Technology and doctors from Cornwall Regional Hospital, who all helped to offset expenses that would have been incurred to host the event.
"We wanted to alleviate the financial pressures of the parents because as we know the parents of the children that report to us are from the lower end of the socio-economic stratum. They wouldn't have it easy accessing medical and dental care which is very expensive, so this year we had doctors and dentists who were gracious enough to provide free services to over 50 wards of the state," said Pinnock.