Maraval Rotary takes on youth HIV project

Newly appointed president of the Rotary Club of Maraval Jennifer Abraham and sergeant-at-arms Joseph Lynch. PHOTOS: SEAN NERO/NERONEWS.COM


Jennifer Abraham, the newly appointed president of the Rotary Club of Maraval, has assigned her new executive the task of undertaking a youth HIV aids project during its 2018-2019 term of office.

Speaking at the Club’s handover ceremony held at the Residence of Jamaican High Commissioner David Prendergrast on June 23, she focused on Rotary International’s new vision statement which spoke of creating a lasting change.

Maureen Aarons, out-going president Rotary Club of Maraval and High Commissioner of Jamaica to T&T David Prendergast share a candid moment.

Abraham believed the youth HIV initiative was ideal for the Club to effect change in a sustainable way.

“My focus this year will be on a humanitarian effort; a youth aids project. Rotary International is committed to fighting disease around the world. Sixty-five million dollars (US) in grants was given by Rotary to fight disease, including HIV aids. In Liberia, Rotary members are helping women get tested for HIV early in their pregnancies. They used prenatal care to reduce new HIV infection in children by 95 per cent over two years,” she said.

But that’s not where Abraham and her team’s focus on the youth ends.

The new executive will embark on a youth cricket initiative, as well as an environmental awareness drive.

She said, “The ball has started rolling in this project. We visited the ministry of education and received positive feedback. It’s pace from here on.”

Of the environmental project, Abraham declared an intent to partner with the Rotary Club of Princess Town to effect the programme.

She lauded immediate past president Maureen Aarons for her leadership and commitment during the 2017-2018 term of office and expressed hope that she will find the time to remain active in the club.

Nainah Ali, left, principal Rampanalgas RC School receives a token from Rotarian Mary Charles.


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