Lluidas Vale Rehabilitation and Development Foundation
President’s Report for 2015
Here comes 2016!
We have managed to complete another successful year 2015. The mere fact that this year 2016 will be 20 years of our existence; 20 years of serving our community; this in itself is a significant accomplishment.
Since this year 2016 will be our 20th year, I am hoping for an exciting year. So I am asking members for suggestions on how we should celebrate this milestone year. Enjoying ourselves, raise some funds for the association, assisting the Village and the community even more. So please send me your suggestions and ideas so that we can make this year a most memorable one.
I am proud; as I am sure all of you are, of our accomplishments this year. Some of our accomplishments for 2015 are:
- Our annual picnic again was a blast ( see the attached financial statement)
- Our Annual fund-raising fall dance in October was also successful. The attendance was superb, the funds realized was as expected (see the attached financial statement)
- Our annual shut-in feeding program for the elderly, was again a success. A total of 100 people received care packages with food items. A big shout out thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the distribution of the packages.
Thanks to the Principal of the all age School Primary school for facilitating the project.
Thanks to members of the Llv. RDF, Toronto chapter who were present in the Village to assist with the distribution of the goods.
- This year a donation of 139 pairs of dress and casual shoes; along with some soccer gears, shoes, jerseys, balls, socks, shin pads etc. Were donated to our organization. This was championed by Dr. Jordie Isen of Toronto, who has supported our organization over the years.
- The shoes were cataloged and packed by members of our association. They were then shipped to Jamaica with the assistance of “Food for the Poor” Canada Inc. At no cost to
The distribution of the goods was managed by our Mr. Oswald Thomas, who now resides in Lluidas Vale.
- We supported the Alliance of Jamaica Alumni Association (AJAA) by making monetary donation to help with reception for Jamaican dignitaries. We also supported the Alliance Scholarship fund by purchasing fund raising events tickets.
- We contributed to the “Food for the Poor” walkathon and fund-raising events. This was in aid of building a well in Haiti for poor people.
- Supported the Heritage Singers fund-raising event, tickets purchased and donated by member Dr. Jeffery Lodenquai
- In the summer a barrel of children clothes was donated by members of the “Caribbean Chinese Association” organized by Dr. Jeffery Lodenquai.
The barrel was received at the wharf by Mr. Earl Batchelor and transported to the Village by Mr. Basil and then to the Primary School by Mr. Oswald Thomas.
The children clothes were distributed among the Baptist Basic School, the Brassington Basic School, The Triumphant Church of Praise Basic School and the Primary School.
- This year Mr. and Mrs. Bill Allison through the Lyons Club of Toronto, donated 170 pairs of reading glasses to our organization. This will be given to residents in the Village who are in need of reading glasses. Arrangements will be made with the Nurse at the local Clinic to co-ordinate the distribution of the glasses.
- We continue to support Herbie (Miss Imo’s son) with the quarterly monetary allowance. Herbie is now Bed ridden, but still in good spirits under these difficult circumstances.
- In December tragedy struck one of our supporters in the Village, Barbara Williams fondly called Molly.
Her house was gutted by fire; she lost the entire contents of her home, indications that the structure is also damaged and may have to be demolished.
The evidence indicates that there were electrical malfunction of the JPS electrical wires.
In addition to this, her Mother died couple weeks before, then her brother and a cousin who was like a sister to also passed away in the same period.
In light of this the Association along with friends and relatives stepped up to help and assist her with monetary donations, clothes and food.
On the Village front.
- Clean up of Garbage on the Barns Pen Road was organized by Oswald. This was well received and residents came forward to assist.
- There are discussions on going regarding forming a youth club in the Village, in association with the local police.
- Rev. Jacques Small is continuing with his sporting events, his main focus now is the soccer team.
- The sports field by the community centre is being utilized for local and surrounding community soccer games
- There is a government announcement that the Police Station is slated to be rebuilt. I have heard this many times before. Could this be an election promise? I wonder.
Again, thanks to our hardworking committee and the support from donors, members and friends. The commitment and dedication to giving back to our community has not gone unnoticed.
Our organization will continue to support the Village and the Schools to help realized their objectives.