The Free Town Foundation, the outreach arm of the Miracle Tabernacle Free Town Church of God of Prophecy, will be hosting a health fair and back-to-school event on Friday, August 18, on the church grounds.
Last year, with almost 200 backpacks and school supplies, many were turned away empty-handed, and according to the chairman of the foundation, Dr. Sylvanus Thompson, the goal is to have 300 backpacks filled with school supplies.
Thompson, who resides in Toronto, Canada, and hails from the community of Victoria in Clarendon, has been involved in outreach ‘forever’. Commenting on the upcoming event, he said he is hoping members of the Diaspora will come on board and help to even surpass his expectations.
“It’s been a challenging year for a lot of parents, and not having to worry about every little school detail would prove to be a good break for them,” he shared.
Thompson informed also that on the same day, a health and wellness fair will be taking place, with students receiving free medicals and eye screenings. Adults too will enjoy the services of doctors and other medical teams who will be present.
With a smile, Thompson said there is even more good news for students, as they are hoping to award at least 10 scholarships.
“It could be more, if we receive support from members of the Diaspora and even those from home,” he notes.
The Free Town Foundation (formerly Free Town Church of God of Prophecy Outreach Foundation) has been impacting lives in Free Town and the surrounding areas of Bodles, Cockpit, Sandy Bay, Old Harbour, and Rose Hall for over 20 years through programmes such as children’s treat, welfare and welfare. For the past three years, the foundation has hosted a ‘two in one’ event treating the children and providing almost 200 care packages to adults during the Christmas season.
Chair of the Programmes Committee, Opal Thompson, who resides in New York, said she was drawn to the foundation after seeing just how much the outreach meant to those who were benefiting.
“I am excited, and I am hoping a fundraiser that we are hosting at Canarsie Park in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday, June 17, will be well supported, as all the proceeds will be going towards scholarships and offsetting expenses for the event.
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