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CCRP Moves To Establish Chapter In Central Jamaica





Kingston, Jamaica, June 28, 2012: Representatives of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) Limited met with Manchester Seniors at the Iris Scarlet Recreational Centre in Mandeville on Monday, June 25.  The group embraced the vision of the CCRP and showed deep interest in the organisation.


Over 30 persons braved the inclement weather conditions in Mandeville to hear CCRP’s CEO and Founder Mrs. Jean Lowrie-Chin address the meeting.  The attendees expressed pleasure at the CCRP’s initiative to spread its wings to other areas of the island.  They noted that even though there was a very active Senior Citizens Centre at the Manchester Golden Age Home, where members are involved in quite a number of activities, the CCRP’s involvement would be a welcome addition that would add some diversity to the existing programmes.


The CCRP already has its first discount partner for the area in Johnson's Pharmacy in Mandeville. This was announced by proprietor Mrs. Sadie Johnson.


The meeting was attended by a number of retirees from the bauxite industry as well as members of the Jamaica Government Pensioners Association (JGPA). Steve Dyer,   representing the Manchester Chapter of the JGPA, asserted its members' desire as senior citizens to continue contributing to their country. He added that they were not satisfied with "the way Jamaica was going", and wanted to play a part in steering the country in the right direction.





The WINDALCO pensioners spoke about the plight of some of their colleagues, since the suspension of health benefits, due to their inability to pay for medical services.

The CCRP has been aware of the difficultly facing these pensioners with regards to the lack of health benefits and have been advocating on their behalf.  The organization has written to the management of WINDALCO twice and has been in constant dialogue with the union representative to keep abreast of developments regarding the issue.


The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons was launched in Kingston in April 2010, with the mission of “working to ensure that the vast talent, experience and wisdom of our seniors will be respected, and that they enjoy the quality of life which they so richly deserve.”

Contact:          Dorett Linton, CCRP Coordinator

926-6740, 383-2150


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