On August 23, thirty senior citizens from the Central Abaco area were treated by the Department of Urban Renewal to a special luncheon that took place on the premises of the Dundas Town Burial Society. Urban Renewal’s Office Manager, Paulette Nesbitt, explained that the function was held under the patronage of the MP for North Abaco, Renardo Curry, and of Cabinet member, Ryan Pinder, both of whom attended the event.
The food was donated by local businesses and prepared and served by the staff of the Urban Renewal Office.
A van, also donated for the occasion, picked the guests up from the various settlements of Spring City, Murphy Town and Dundas Town and dropped them back home after a few hours. During the function, the invitees entertained themselves by singing, catching up with old acquaintances and generally socializing. It lasted from 1:30pm to 4:30 pm, not long enough to the liking of some people, such a good time were they having.
The office of Urban Renewal, which is under the Ministry of Works and Urban Development, is located in Dundas Town and is staffed by five members. Besides Mrs. Nesbitt, there are four facilitators: Sandra Bootle, Ernestine Albury, Vernita Reckley and Weldon Davis. Their job it is to assess the needs of Abaco’s communities, such as minor home repairs, logistics problems and to evaluate situations needed to be referred when necessary to the Department of Social Services.
Mrs. Nesbitt mentioned that she was planning to organize the preparation of a breakfast with the left over donated food. It will be prepared at the office and delivered to the seniors.
She is also in the process of getting sponsors to organize a Senior Day, during which the elderly will be taken from their homes for a trip outside of their neighborhood.