In attendance were the Member of Parliament for Arima the Honourable Minister Anthony Garcia, Member of Parliament for D'Abadie/O'Meara Brigadier General (Ret'd) Honourable Ancil Antoine, Her Worship the Mayor Councillor Lisa Morris-Julian, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government Ms. Desdra Bascombe, Inspector of Municipal Police for Arima Ms. Erica Prieto, Chairman of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation, Councillor Martin Terry Rondon, National Volunteer Network Coordinator Mr. Matthew Kailah as well as Aldermen, Councillors and members of Administration from the Arima Borough Corporation.
Mayor of Arima Councillor Lisa Morris-Julian expressed heartfelt thanks tokey stakeholders from the Arima Business Association, Arima Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Arima, Medical Doctors, Lawyers, Civilian Conservation Corps and all volunteers who provided free services to the ‘Day of Care for the Homeless’ event. Voluntary contributions of medical check-ups, legal aid consultations, provision of hot meals and clothing, manicures and pedicures were provided to over 200 persons. Volunteer groups such as TTARP, CYEP-TT, Police Youth Club, Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern Credit Union and the Arima Volunteer Network were out in full force to give advice and lend their support.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, Ms Desdra Bascombe stated, “Volunteerism has become a growing trend in our society that encourages persons to come together and use their various resources in order to give back to society.”
National Volunteer Coordinator, Mr. Matthew Kailah, applauded the NGO groups and volunteers saying, “Hats off to you for coming out to showcase the true spirit of volunteerism”. He continued by encouraging attendees to use the Volunteer Network as a medium to practice their civic duty saying, “Be your brother’s keeper by helping one another to build Trinidad and Tobago through the spirit of volunteerism”.
The National Volunteer Network will continue to reach out to all fourteen (14) Municipalities across our beloved country as each municipality establishes its Volunteer Network. These Networks aim to bring communities closer through collaborative efforts from each citizen.
Sangre Grande will officially launch their Volunteer Network on Tuesday 15th August, 2017 at the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation next to its Municipal Police Headquarters.
- Ministry of Rural Development & Local Government