December 17, 2006
My dear Tim,
Re: Update on Rotary Club Project for Lluidas Vale
You recall we discussed the possibility of the Mobile Clinic of my Rotary
Club being stationed in Lluidas Vale to offer screening in certain medical
problems to the persons in the town? This is one of the projects in which
the Rotary Club of Liguanea Plains is involved and it is also sponsored by
Blue Cross of Jamaica and the Shipping Association of Jamaica. The Clinic
has been to several locations in Kingston and this is the first time that
it will be located in a rural area.
There were a few challenges with regard to the Mobile Clinic reaching the
destination and being set up, but it was felt that these could be addressed.
One challenge was the entrance to the market, where the clinic will be located.
There is a low cable across the entrance and in the opinion of the persons
assessing the situation, it requires someone with expert knowledge to push
the cable up, to allow the Clinic to pass under. Another was electricity of
220 volts to run the clinic and a long cable, but the representatives from
Lluidas Vale said they could provide this. I must say that the team that accompanied
me to Lluidas Vale was very impressed with the towns people, both those they
met and those they observed. We had a lengthy conversation with Mr. Wally
Eastwood about several aspects of life in the community and his own aspirations
and also with Mr. Oliver Peart (Neil) who owns the restaurant and bar behind
the market. The controlled and friendly attitude of people going about their
business indicated that they would respect and appreciate the gesture that
was being made for their benefit and would not destroy or steal from the Clinic,
maliciously or for personal gain. Nonetheless, it is our policy to have security
for the clinic during the nights when it is not in use, so we would appreciate
it if some arrangements could be made either with Worthy Park Estate or a
selection of citizens, to provide such a service.
I must say that I am happy that this project is now a reality. My friendship
with you, your mother, Earl Batchelor and the many other persons I have met
through all of you, plus my love for that area, moved me to request Lluidas
Vale for our Club’s Mobile Clinic. The project committee of the Club will
now liaise with Mr. Eastwood and arrange for a town crier to announce the
services of the clinic in the surrounding districts and will provide fliers
for distribution and placement as well as arrange for important persons in
the community to be contacted and invited to attend or participate in the
launch. After this I may not have all the details of the execution phase,
but I will certainly keep you informed of what I know and if you need addition
information, Mr. Eastwood is the person to be contacted.