Pensioners benefit from breakfast initiative

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, October 1, 2019

As Guyana joins the rest of the world to observe International Day of the Elderly, pensioners from the West Bank of Demerara communities will now benefit from a breakfast initiative offered at Bagotstown and Wales post offices, on the first of every month.

Chairperson of the National Commission for the Elderly, Everette DeLeon, said the venture is one the Ministry of Social Protection is proud to be affiliated with the initiative.

“Some persons are in urgent need of this pension, so, they would be out as early 3am. Recognising this fact, we decided to ensure they have a hot breakfast. Sometimes we hear of persons fainting, therefore we felt it necessary our pensioners are provided for,” Deleon explained

The chairperson also committed to having proper sanitary facilities for the general public, constructed at these locations. She also said plans are being put in place for senior citizens to receive their pensions at any commercial bank of their choice.

It was highlighted by Myrta Calderon, a member of the commission, that a similar initiative will be offered at Vreed-en Hoop from November. Calderon noted that she has received much support from the region and several communities at large.

Thus far, the Central Post Office and the Bourda Post Office in Georgetown have begun offering the monthly hot meal for pensioners.

69- year-old Ashton Crawford, pensioner said that he welcomed the initiative, and made a request for a larger seating area. “I thank the Head of the Commission, the workers, and all of those involved for this effort…. and since I have your attention I am hoping that we can a bigger sitting area,” he said.

The theme for this year’s Day of the elderly is “The Journey to Age Equality.”