The Lions Club of Christ Church West and the Christ Church Parish Independence Committee came together last Sunday to celebrate Senior Citizens Month with the seniors of Christ Church.
The PIC partnered with the Lions Club — on whose yearly calendar this event falls — as a part of the its Bridging the Gap sessions for this year’s project, which is titled “Treasures of Christ Church: A Hero Lies in You”.
The ambassadors, committee officials and members of the Lions Club treated the elderly to an ecumenical service, lunch and a short entertainment package.
The elderly were drawn from churches across Christ Church and a few from the Gordon Cummins Hospital.
Rector of St. Matthias Anglican Church, Canon DeVere Murrell, delivered the address and took the congregation on a trip down memory lane as he encouraged the elderly to enjoy their age and to see it as a badge of honour.
Organisers then served up a sumptuous buffet lunch, which was thoroughly enjoyed by the seniors.
They were then treated to an entertainment package that included last year’s Richard Stoute Teen Talent winner, Everdene Smart, and second runner-up, Jabarrie Hurdle. Also performing were Flexi, deejay Pedro G, Troy Arthur — the reigning Mr. Perfect Gentleman 2012 — and a ballroom dance group from Dunamis Wesleyan Holiness Church.
Several impromptu awards were given away, including an award to the oldest person present. This was received by Alma Rae who is 101 years old and going strong.
The PIC also began its community outreach programme with a walk through the Rendezvous community, from where the male ambassador hails. Residents of the area got the opportunity to meet and greet the ambassadors Nicholas Boyce and Renesha Straughn, along with other members of the PIC.
Activities continue over the next three months with a lecture series titled Treasures of Christ Church, an Under the Mile Tree reading fest, a second motorcade and culminates with an Awards Gala at the end of November, where each of the Treasures of Christ Church will be honoured in a tangible manner.