The ceremony was short and sweet but the gifts presented by
Antigua Village and its Homeowners Association to the Care Project will last for a long time.
Thursday (May 18th) morning’s presentation of toiletries, food, oral supplies and other urgently needed personal items was valued at EC $ ten thousand dollars.
It was the second phase of donations made by Antigua Village to the Care Project, the first occurring in March of this year.
Operations Manager at the Care Project, Walton Edwards said the occasion was one which brought much joy to the Ministry of Health & the Environment and to a greater extent, the Care Project.
“It is with great pleasure that I acknowledge the presentation that has been made here today by Antigua Village. They have done this before; I’m sure the audience and the community remembered that they made a presentation about two months ago and today they are fulfilling a pledge that they would make this commitment and make it to the tune of EC$ ten thousand dollars,” Edwards remarked.
He said Antigua Village has really been a dear friend of the Care Project and he looks forward to a continued relationship. Edwards said the gifts will be used for the benefit of the residents at the Care Project and other persons that pass through the facility.
“Anytime this is done, it only gets better because it means that we have more resources to spend in other areas and the donations will be better utilized.” Acting General Manager of Antigua Village, Ms. Samantha McKay said that Antigua Village and its homeowners are delighted to be a part of this worthwhile gesture and pleased to fulfill their commitment to the Care Project.
“As I see the children’s’ faces today, I am so, so happy and our homeowners are so, so happy with what were able to do. I see the staff here with smiles on their faces; I just want to say thanks. Sometimes we take you for granted, sometimes we are not aware of what happens in the community in dealing with disabled children and I want to say to everyone that works at the Care Project, to the Care Project team, to the friends who have the patience and the commitment to come here every day, thank you on behalf of Antigua Village for doing what you do.”
President of the Antigua Village Homeowners Association, Ms. Merle Odlum said that she knows the additional donation will go a long way in helping the cause of caring and sharing.
“Antigua Village is about community and that community realizes that we have a greater community, that of Antigua and Barbuda and it is a pleasure for the homeowners of Antigua Village to be able to play a small part in the greater community of Antigua and Barbuda,” said Odlum.
She said she is optimistic that the mutual relationship will continue to grow to assist those in need.
Matron of the Care Project, Nurse Juliette De la Bastide, in expressing deep appreciation for the kind gesture, said she believes the ‘marriage’ created between both entities is a good one and is longstanding.
In lauding the efforts of Antigua Village at the March presentation, Minister of Health and The Environment, Molwyn Joseph noted that a state will be judged by the way it takes care of the downtrodden, the most vulnerable and the most challenged in society.
He likened the Ministry’s partnership with Antigua Village and its Homeowners Association to that of a happy marriage.
The Care Project, a division of the Ministry of Health and the Environment, is home to a group of disabled children with severe mental and physical disabilities who receive basic care. Most of them have been abandoned by their families.