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Showing Appreciation for Older Persons

The visits, explained an official, are designed to show appreciation to those who have already made their contribution, in various fields, to the advancement of the small and developing country.

As the visits continue, officials met with Milton Osbourne of Challengers and Henrietta Julius-Watson of Old Road, last week.

Denise Byron-Morris Supervisor for Social Assistance, along with Social Assistance Officer Larissa Riley and Home Care Officer Avril Douglas-Garvey visited two residents of Constituency #4.

Mrs. Morris on behalf of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs presented a plaque to Mr. Osbourne recognizing his contribution to national development.

Mr. Osbourne graciously thanked the Ministry of Social Development and followed up with a short synopsis of his life.

“I’m made to understand from my grandmother who raised me, that my mother died and leave me when I was five months old,” Mr. Osbourne revealed. “So I had a lot of knock ‘bout to reach where I am today.”

He explained that as a child he often went hungry and so at a very early age he went to work in the cane gang with older men and women for 10 pence a day from 7:00 am to 5:00 p.m. The 87 year old honouree said that in 1948 he was among the first nationals recruited by National Hero Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw to travel to Florida, USA, to work in the cane fields there.

The Social Services team continued on to Old Road where they visited centenarian Mrs. Julius-Watson. The 102 year old “Mother Henny” sat up alertly to receive her certificate of recognition and her basket of food and personal goods. More vists are planned in coming days, said an official.

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