Celebrating Senior Citizen’s Week in Cayo Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

Octavia Waight Center in San Ignacio“Older Person Deserve Respect and Protection”

That was the banner that was strung at the Octavia Waight Center in San Ignacio on Thursday of last week for the Sister Josella Day, where residents were treated to music by the Nina Maya Marimba Group. As of September 30th and throughout last week, a variety of schools took the time out to visit the Octavia Waight Center, a home for the elderly. Included among those welcomed visitors to the Octavia Waight were the students from the Eden Seventh Day Adventist Primary School in Santa Elena Town.

Residents from the Octavia Waight were then taken out last Friday for a picnic at the Orange Gallery at mile 60 of the George Price Highway. The Climax for Citizen’s Week was reached on October 5, with Cayo residents joining in for a walkathon from the Octavia Waight Center to Bullet Tree Falls.

Sister Josella Day, which was celebrated for the first time at the Octavia Waight Center, is in memory of Sister Josella Flowers, a Roman Catholic Nun, who passed away this year. Sister Josella Flowers contributed some 16 years to the Octavia Waight Center; having previously contributed to the Belize Educational System.

Another remarkable person who has passed on and contributed greatly to the Octavia Waight Center was Elias Awe. Other Cayo residents have taken up the cause of these noble Belizeans , to take care of the elderly.

“I would like to see the family members of these residents up here [at the Octavia Waight Center] to have a little time to come up and visit their elderly at least once a week,” says Bernadette Fernandez, who is currently the Treasurer within the Board of Governors at the Octavia Waight Center.