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CCRP members display talent

The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) in association with LASCO Distributors Limited hosted a Talent and Games evening yesterday at the Constant Spring Golf Club in Kingston. The organization founded last year, advocates sharing the wisdom and experiences fostered by retired persons who continue to empower and contribute to the development of the Caribbean community.

 

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Hon. Lascelles Chin greets members of CCRP at their Talent & Games Evening held on Wednesday, June 15 at the Constant Spring Golf Club. Mr. Chin is Chairman of the CCRP and LASCO Affilliated Companies who were the main sponsors of the event.

PRESS RELEASE

June 17, 2011

The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) in association with LASCO Distributors Limited hosted a Talent and Games evening yesterday at the Constant Spring Golf Club in Kingston. The organization founded last year, advocates sharing the wisdom and experiences fostered by retired persons who continue to empower and contribute to the development of the Caribbean community.

The social gathering commemorated the organization’s 500 member benchmark and showcased the various talents. CCRP Chairman and CEO of LASCO Affiliated Companies, the Honourable Lascelles Chin delivered the opening remarks while reinstating his support of the organization’s mission. Mr. Chin declared his enthusiasm for the “vast talents, resources and experiences garnered by seniors over the years” and proclaimed the importance of ensuring that their legacy is passed on to future generations.

The foremost segment of the evening hosted by CCRP Hospitality Chairman Jean Small featured performances of creative pieces. Former Minister of Tourism and Board member, Mrs. Aloun Ndombet-Assamba kept the crowd in stitches with her authentic Jamaican poetry and lively presence.  They enjoyed Elaine Chaplin’s, Peter Muir’s and Rose Cameron’s presentations of poetry and rendition of songs by Doriana Dailey and Winnie Anderson-Brown.  Rev. Guy Roberts gave a beautiful reading.

Though all the performances revealed much of the hidden talent of the CCRP’s members, it was a hula hoop routine executed by Merline Brown that gained the attention and much deserved respect of the audience. Brown, who is visually impaired, captured the essence of the non–profit’s purpose as though unable to see one hundred percent, she remains agile through fun and engaging physical activity.

Subsequent to the performances, guests were welcomed to observe various stations showcasing the creative and artistic talents of some of the CCRP members - Shirley Burgess, Margaret Ferguson, Vivienne Burnett, Carolyn Schwab, Shirley Rodney, Merle Francis-Connell, Jean Small and Anjela Rousseau. From elegantly designed cushion covers to exquisitely detailed floral arrangements, the members’ valuable aptitudes were vividly demonstrated at the social event. Theatre Arts Learning Aids Director and MC for the evening, Jean Small displayed an assortment of decorative puppets. The crafty aids produced from recycled sponges, old clothing and a variety of other materials were created by Small to be used in different theatrical performances.

Small who also dubbed the social attendees as “recycled teenagers” commended CCRP Founder and CEO, Mrs. Jean Lowrie-Chin for her outstanding dedication to the organization and further asserted, “There’s still a lot more to be done in order to enhance the lives of Jamaican seniors as well as to expand to the rest of the Caribbean”.

Guests were treated to LASCO’s country-style chocolate and treats and were delighted to learn of the company’s pharmaceutical and medical aid products including support socks and stockings.

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