From National Weekly Newspaper
From National Weekly Newspaper
His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick L Allen, Governor-General of Jamaica, issued a passionate appeal for Jamaicans abroad to continue the efforts of helping the poor and marginalized of the country.
In an address to over three hundred patrons at the 20th annual fund-raising dinner for the Friends of Good Shepherd International Inc., Sir. Allen lauded the organization for its committed and dedicated service to Jamaica, and local charities in the United States.
However, even as he commended the Organization for its work over the years, the Governor General was quick to point out that those who could afford it should look at the various ways in which they could make a difference in the lives of their fellow-men.
(Originially posted on jamaicaobserver.com)
As I write, the voices of the special needs children of Orange Bay, Portland, are echoing in my mind: “Look at me — I am special!” We took a long walk of compassion last week, beginning in Florida, where we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Friends of Good Shepherd International, which supports various charities in Jamaica. Governor General Sir Patrick Allen who with Lady Allen were guests of honour at the event, reminded us of an interesting legal case of Donoghue vs Stevenson in the UK in 1932, which resulted in a significant legal ruling, with the judge declaring that people owe each other “a duty of care”. He said this had echoes of Matthew 25: 40, which reminds us of our Christian responsibility to protect and nurture each other.
Sir Patrick urged us to show more care in order to “hold the moral fabric of a nation together”. He reminded us that no one is beyond redemption and congratulated Archbishop Dufour for establishing the Good Shepherd Foundation, and his sister Marie Dufour-Buteau for creating the philanthropic organisation. The large audience, including Consul General Franz Hall, applauded heartily as the governor general reminded them that Jamaica is a country of great promise, where the positives still outweigh the negatives.
Then Bishop of Montego Bay, the Most Rev Charles Dufour had seen the plight of sufferers of HIV/AIDS, and decided to establish a hospice in 1996 to ease their discomfort in their final days. Since then, the work of the Good Shepherd Foundation has blossomed into health care services, with the building of the huge Hope Health Teaching Clinic on the grounds of the Blessed Sacrament complex.
Members and friends collected used/new clothing, toys, medical equipment, housewares, etc. These were all packed, labelled and shipped by Food for the Poor free of charge, to Jamaica in October 2015. We are proud of having sent over 100 boxes to the various communities throughout Jamaica where there is great need.
Left to Right: Elaine Kong, Robin Mahfood and Marie Buteau. Donation check for $1,000 presented to Robin Mahfood of Food for the Poor, Inc. on September 16, 2015. Mr. Mahfood expressed his gratitude on behalf of the many people in Dominica who lost their homes and belongings.