It was an early Christmas for the residents and staff of the CARE Project as the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda and a visitor from the North Pole made a courtesy call to the Care Giving Institution on Tuesday for the annual Christmas program.
According to a release from the Ministry of Health, the festivities got underway with a grand opening ceremony with Matron Juliet De Labastide delivering the opening remarks.
In her address, De Labastide declared that there are still new frontiers to conquer and new heights to reach but she is certain that in the end, the Care Project will see better and more glorious days.
There were also remarks by the Care Project’s Operation Manager-Walton Edwards who gave a detailed outline of the achievements of 2017 and the ambitious goals that they have set for the future while Annette Carey of Friends of the Care Project reminded the crowd that ground was recently broken for the construction of a purpose-built facility which will be able to house over thirty permanent residents.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and the Environment, Walter Christopher told the gathering that the government is still looking at ways to make all public sector facilities in the Ministry more accessible and friendlier for individuals who are physically challenged and differently abled.
Christopher, who was speaking on behalf of Health and Environment Minister-Molwyn Joseph who was on parliamentary duties told the audience that plans are in the pipeline to reassess government-owned buildings in a bid to make them easier and accessible to disabled individuals.
His Excellency, Governor General Sir Rodney Williams ‘address was the highlight of the morning.
He asked everyone involved in the running of the Care Project to hold the fort because bigger and better things are coming.