Saddlers Village, St. Kitts – Each year on St. Kitts and Nevis’ National Heroes Day, members of the Rotary Club of Liamuiga converge on the Saddlers Home for the Elderly where they host a luncheon for the residents of the Home as well as other elderly persons in the communities of Saddlers, Dieppe Bay and Parsons. This year was no different as the Rotarians fellowshipped with over 30 elderly, unsung heroes.
It was evident that it was going to be a great event following an inspirational opening prayer by long-time friend of the Club and Saddlers resident, 99 year old ‘Mr Bailey’.
“The Rotary Club of Liamuiga is pleased to once again join the nation in celebration on National Heroes day, by celebrating our unsung heroes – the elderly,” said Director Maritza Bowry, Chair of the Service Projects Committee, during a brief but poignant handing-over ceremony.
The Club donated several items to the Saddlers Home, including bath towels, wash cloths, bed linens, kitchen towels and kitchen mittens.  The items were accepted by Mrs Francine Pollock, Social Assistance Officer for Zone 4. Mrs Pollock expressed sincere gratitude to the RCL for their ongoing contributions.
The senior citizens ate heartily, sang lustily during the praise and worship and some quickly got on their feet and activated their old school dance moves, swayed, bobbed their heads and tapped the tables to the melodious steelpan music played by Mr Melvin ‘Mellie’ Hewlett. The Rotarians, Rotaractors, partners in service and others present also joined in. It was evident from their words of gratitude and their response to the programme that the elderly enjoyed themselves immensely.
Deputy Director at the Department of Social Services, Mrs. Ann Wigley noted that the Heroes Day Luncheon has surpassed its 10 year anniversary and thanked the Rotary Club of Liamuiga for its ongoing partnership and contribution to the elderly at the home and in the communities.
“It is indeed our Club’s pleasure to celebrate our elderly each year with this luncheon and fellowship,” said Tuffida Stewart, President of the Rotary Club of Liamuiga. “Thank you to all the persons who contributed to making the event a success and thanks to my fellow Rotarians for adding an extra bit of pizzazz to this year’s luncheon.”
President Tuffida noted that since the Rotary year began on July 1, the Club has provided training for 30 young leaders in the area of organisational development in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and has helped to spearhead the first response relief effort for Dominica in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika. She added that upcoming projects include: the Primary School Spelling Bee Competition on October 22nd at the ECCB Auditorium, sponsorship of a young adult to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Conference in Grenada, Refitting of the Beach Allen Primary School Computer Lab with computers and a server, Free Foot Care Clinic in collaboration with the North American School of Podology and Christmas Hamper distribution to the less fortunate, among others. The Club will close out the calendar year with its largest fundraiser, its New Year’s Charity Ball on December 31st at the Carambola Beach Club.