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Oct 2, 2015

GSU Celebrate International Day of Older Persons

October first was celebrated as international day of older persons under the theme, “Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment.” Since the beginning of the week, several activities for older persons were held to honor the growing population in this region. Today, at the Sister Cecilia Home, thirty-eight seenagers were treated to meals served by officers attached to the Gang Suppression Unit. According to GSU Commander, Superintendent Mark Flowers, this is one of many community service initiatives of the unit and according to Supervisor at Sister Cecilia, Malva Bood-Allen; it helps to change the perception people have about them.

 

Malva Bood-Allen, Supervisor, Sister Cecilia Home

“The GSU officers came over after an invitation from a friend of ours to serve the food to them. I am happy to them for this because the GSU officers have only been getting a negative publicity in the wider community and this is one way of showing that these guys have a heart, they are human. Two, I think and I hope that this will help uplift the public image of them and show them a better light in the public.”

 

Malva Bood-Allen

Duane Moody

“Talk to us about how many persons get services from Sister Cecilia.”

 

Malva Bood-Allen

“We have thirty-seven residents—twenty males and seventeen females. We are feeding thirty-eight today because we have a lady who adopted us. She comes in every day in the morning and leaves after supper in the evening.”

 

Reporter

“The actual food is also being contributed by the GSU or are they [the GSU] only here to serve?”

 

Malva Bood-Allen

“They are only here to serve. The food is their regular meal for today.”

 

Supt. Mark Flowers

Supt. Mark Flowers, Commander, GSU

“First of all it is not the first time that we are doing anything that is community spirited. We’ve done children’s Christmas party in December for a hundred underprivileged children. And when we are asked to do something for the community, we thought that the senior citizens were much deserving of our appreciation to people who have done something in the past for this country. So I readily agreed to come here and in the very least serve the meals even if in this one time and if the gesture is to signify how very grateful we are for what they have contributed in the past. I didn’t know that a former colleague of mine, an ex-corporal is a resident here and it goes to show that there is nothing wrong with living here. It is a very clean and friendly environment from what we’ve noted and certainly I’m very happy that we did in fact come to do this and we are hoping to come back and do it some other time.”

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