Over 200 pensioners receive Christmas breakfast in New Amsterdam

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Over two hundred Pensioners in New Amsterdam received an early Christmas treat when they were treated to a hot breakfast on Monday, as they waited to collect their monthly annuity at the New Amsterdam Post Office.

This gesture was provided by the New Amsterdam Mayor and Town Council (NAM&TC) through its social committee and received the full support of the New Amsterdam Prison Service and the Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Development Association (BCCDA).

The initiative was welcomed by the pensioners.

“I enjoyed it! I am glad the Municipality can do something like this and I thank God that we live to see the last month of this year,” 73-year-old Enid Beaton said happily, as she collected her breakfast.

Another pensioner, Georgina Hughes said “the breakfast is delicious, they cater for everyone. If you don’t drink tea, they have hot coffee, porridge or some cold fruit juice.”

In an invited comment, Councillor Patricia Lynch, Chairwoman of the Municipality’s Social Committee, told the Department of Public Information (DPI), that the feeding programme which began in January 2018, was an effort to ensure every elderly resident receives healthy a breakfast and a balanced diet, that became an ongoing activity.

She noted that after recognising the great impact the initiative has on the citizens, the decision was made to seek the assistance of several businesses and stakeholders for the continuation of the programme. According to Lynch, the plan received a significant boost when the Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Development Association and the New Amsterdam Prison Service came on board and donated items when necessary.

Lynch noted too, that the Vryman’s Erven Training Centre will, from time to time, offer its cosmetology services to treat the pensioners to a day of pampering.

Story and Image: Kellon Rover.

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