Good Samaritan Run Supports Community With Annual Back-To-School Treat
Written by: Keith Nugent, Sharille Pink | Monday, September 10, 2018
Students receive free dental services and school supplies
KINGSTON, Jamaica. September 4, 2018. Students in and around the Heroes Circle community were feted this past week at the Good Samaritan Inn. On Wednesday, August 29, Dr. Yvonne Stultz, the resident dentist at the Good Samaritan Inn, and a dental hygienist held a special Child Dental Clinic where twenty-one (21) children were treated. The services at the Inn are provided at no cost to the community.
School supplies were donated to seventy (70) children at the Good Samaritan Inn on Sunday, September 2, 2018.The students who were preparing for attendance at basic schools, primary schools and high schools were beneficiaries of school bags packaged with notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons and pencil cases, all from the proceeds of the Good Samaritan 5K Health Run/Walk which was held by the Andrews Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday, August 26, 2018, in Kingston.
On hand to join in the back-to-school activities were representatives of the Good Samaritan Inn’s Board including chairman Pastor Dr. Eric Nathan. Pastor Nathan noted that the Good Samaritan Inn was a beacon of Christian service to the community and encouraged the students to excel in their studies.
Elders Cecil Foster, Gavin Lowe and Alfred Thomas representing ASI, Elder Keith Nugent, Mrs Kerrylicea Nugent and Bro. Ransford Ricketts representing the GS5K committee were also on hand to offer words of encouragement and present gifts to the many parents and children. Pastor Kanhai Lumsden, newly installed Pastor of the Heroes Circle district of churches offered prayers for the students and their parents. Elder Vermont Murray, Project Manager welcomed the children and guests and gave special thanks and appreciation to the sponsor.
The presenters encouraged the students to do their best in the upcoming school year, making the best of the gifts that they received and to take care of them.
About the Good Samaritan Inn. The Good Samaritan Inn is the main beneficiary of the Good Samaritan 5K Health Run. The Inn was opened in December 2007 as a drop-in centre for the homeless. The Inn provides overnight accommodations, with shower and laundry facilities. Hot meals are provided at the Inn for approximately 400 persons each week. A dental clinic was opened in 2016 and serves the residents of the Inn as well as members of the community in and around Heroes Circle in Kingston.
About the Good Samaritan Run. The Good Samaritan 5K Health Run is organized by the Andrews Memorial SDA Church and supports the Good Samaritan Inn and other charities. The run is held on the last Sunday in August each year. The patron of the event is Senator Dr. Floyd Morris, Director of the Centre for Disability at the University of the West Indies, Mona. The next staging of the Good Samaritan 5K Health Run is scheduled for August 25, 2019.