The Kiwanis Club of St. Thomas held the 1st staging of their Community Health and Wellness Fair at the Heartease Community Centre on February 12. The fair featured a variety of well known organizations in Jamaica including, among others, CARI-MED, First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union, The Ministry of Health and Wellness, Registrar General Department, National Taskforce Against Human Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP).

The event had a fair turnout of residents in and around the Yallahs community where they had the opportunity to receive free eye tests, free dental cleaning and extractions, HIV and Syphilis testing along with retaining knowledge of each organization’s core functions.

Jody-Ann James-Adams a representative from NATFATIP advised that the organization has done a tremendous job with rescuing and rejuvenating 106 victims to date of Human Trafficking in Jamaica and continues to do so.

Mrs. Adams also advised persons who are aware of persons being trafficked to make contact with NATFATIP immediately.

Tashana Smith of the National Family Planning Board’s arm of HIV Prevention and Control made the case to individuals about the importance of getting tested and knowing their HIV status. This empowers them to be address what happens in their lives and also to help those around who may or may not be living with the virus.

President of the Kiwanis club of St. Thomas, Remayla Campbell stated that there is a lot of work that has been done by the club and there will be more activities in the coming months and throughout the year. Projects such as Meals on Wheels, Baby Love, New Years at the Infirmary and Beach Clean Up have been tremendously successful as it relates to giving back and also helping the community and environment.

Ms. Campbell also expressed a heartfelt thank you to all residents who participated in the event and to various organizations for taking time to offer their services at the event in support of the Kiwanis Club. She also stated that the Wellness Fair will be an annual event.

Author: Shanett Edwards