Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Saturday | January 5, 2013
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Outreach club making a difference in Resource
Resource Community Outreach Club members (from left), Mary Mitchell Wint, Wensworth Green and Ernist Shand talk with supporter of the club Lasco Police of the Year 2012-2013 Sergeant Oneil Patterson, at a treat for the elderly and needy of Resource and surrounding communities in South Manchester on Wednesday. - Photo by Dave Lindo
Dave Lindo, Gleaner Writer

RESOURCE, Manchester:

THE RESOURCE Community Outreach Club has been making a difference in the lives of the elderly and needy in the community of Resource and surrounding districts in South Manchester.

The club was formed last year February and came out of a move by good friends from the community to assist an elderly to tomb his beloved wife.

"It (club) was formed by three friends. They were at a funeral and overheard a conversation of an old man who wanted to build his wife tomb who died many years ago. However, financially, he couldn't do it, so they decided to do a fund-raising activity and assist the man to build the tomb," explained Ernist Shand, vice-president of the club.

He added: "He was so happy after it was done, he actually cried as it also provided some closure for him, as he loved his wife so much."

Main aim

At the tomb building, other persons joined in and put thoughts together and decided to establish a club. It is a non-profit organisation, the main aim being to help the needy especially the elderly."

Wensworth Green, president of the club said it has been a fulfilling job to help the elderly and needy residents.

"It gives us a good feeling, because some of these people really need help," Green said. Some of the elderly in the community are all alone, they don't have anyone to help them as well as you have some children who really need assistance financially and otherwise. They (children) need mentors to guide them on the right path. We recently helped some for back-to-school with books and other items."

A committed supporter of the Club is Lasco Police of the Year Sergeant Oneil Patterson who is from the Resource district.

The Gleaner caught up with the top cop at one of the club's ventures, a treat for the elderly and needy from south Manchester, which was held at the Rustic Hotel in Cocoa Walk.

"I was born and raised in Resource," he said. "Most of the elderly in Resource helped in my development, so it's a joy for me to be helping in any venture that the Club (Resource Community Outreach Club) is doing. I decided to be a part of the club, because I want to give back to this community, which has helped me in my development."

Seventy-seven-year-old Cecil Brown, one of the elderly residents who was feted at the Rustic Hotel praised the members of the club. "It's lovely what these people have been doing. It is good that they remember us (elderly) because we are old, we are often forgotten, but thank God for them, we feel loved and appreciated."

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