Monday, December 19, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011


Scores of children streamed unto the premises of the Marie Atkins Basic School on Saturday August 20, 2011 for a Back-to-School Health Fair staged by the Sunset Optimist Club of Liguanea. Under the theme “Be Ready Be Healthy” students of the basic school and children from the community of Waterhouse were provided free dental and optical examination, packages for dental care, back to school supplies, and general information on health care.

This is the second year of the health fair and one of the several activities which the Sunset Optimist Club of Liguanea has been undertaking at the school since 2008. According to the club’s President Marc- Maurice, “Our aim as Optimists is to bring out the best in children and this health fair is part of doing that. It may be a small thing on our part but it makes a tremendous difference to the lives of the children and goes a far way in helping the parents in their back-to-school efforts”.

A team from the Foundation for International Self Help Development (FISH), low cost health service provider, was joined by exhibitors and sponsors in ensuring that the children and their parents and guardians received quality treatment and information. Some of the near 100 children passing through the event were also entertained in the Pickney Village created especially for the young ones to have fun. The village was bursting with activities such as face painting, children movie and book reading by the Optimists.

“Pickney Village was intended to be a kind of edutainment centre for the children while awaiting their screenings”, said Club Director and Chair of the Health Fair Committee, Mrs. Heather Chin-Walker. “All this would not have been possible without the support of the institutions”, she continued. “They either turned out to be with the children or made their contribution in providing goodies for them; healthy goodies” she affirms. The six-hour health fair had the support of Wisynco, Grace Kennedy, HD Hopwood, Sagicor, CARIMED, Facey Commodity,Quality Chemicals Limited, Designs by Marc, and Rainbow Awnings among others.

In expressing appreciation to the Optimist Club the school representative remarked on how happy they are that the club continues to work with the children and the community. According to Principal Mrs. Tamara Satchell-Campbell, “The Marie Atkins Basic School owes a debt of gratitude to these guys. They are always looking out for us and they always mean

the children well. This is now becoming an annual event and we appreciate it so much”.

The Sunset Optimist Club of Liguanea is part of the Optimist International movement of over 3000 clubs conducting over 65,000 service projects serving well over six million children and youth around the world each year. The club was established in 1999 and works with schools in other parts of Kingston and St Andrew and Portmore, St Catherine as well as Mathew 25:40, a home for boys living with HIV and AIDS.


Friday, June 3, 2011

Pink Piggy seen in Hong Kong

The Pink Piggy, Sunset Liguanea's Childhood Cancer Fund icon, was again spotted fundraising for the cause, this time in Hong Kong.....where will the pink piggy turn up next?

Sunset Liguanea Labour Day Photos

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

NCU President among Caribbean winners for District Meeting in Jamaica

From the Caribbean District News Desk May 16, 2011:

President of the Mandeville-based Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Dr. Herbert Thompson will be among several Caribbean winners down to unleash 212 Degrees at the Kendal Camp and Conference Centre this coming weekend when Caribbean District Optimists get together for their 3rd quarter regional meeting in Mandeville Jamaica.....(read more)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pink Piggy in South Florida

The Pink Piggy, Sunset Liguanea's Childhood Cancer Fund icon, was spotted in South Florida this past weekend fundraising for the cause.....where will the pink piggy turn up next?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunset Liguanea donates book to High School

On Monday April 11, President Marc-Maurice and Vice President Debbie-Ann of the Sunset Optimist Club of Liguanea visited the Cumberland High School. On this visit approximately 180 textbooks were donated to the school. The donation included new and used books and covered subject areas such as Math, Science, Information Technology and Literature.(click for more)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sunset Student wins Essay Competition

Sunset Sponsored Student Matthew Hyatt was recently announced as the winner of the Optimist International Essay Competition for zone 4 of the Caribbean District. Matthew's essay won the competition first at the club level and then went on to compete and win at the zone level. He is seen here being presented with a $5000.00 book scholarship cheque by IPP Patrick Prendergast, this years essay chairperson.

The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship!

Click below to read Matthew's essay on "How My Education is the Key to a Successful Future"

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunset Liguanea Appreciating Youth

The week of March 20 - 26, 2011 was an extremely positive one for the Sunset Optimist Club of Liguanea as they celebrated Youth Appreciation Week 2011 and the club's 12th Anniversary as members of the Optimist International Movement. (Click for more)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Reaching out at Every Opportunity.

On Thursday, January 13, 2010, Optimist International Caribbean
District Governor Joseph Benfield found himself on a layover at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston for a few hours. So what did he do? He took the opportunity to visit with the Royal Octagon Club of Queens High School in Kingston.

Escorted by District Communications Chair PatrickPrendergast, the Governor who was en route to the Cayman Islands attend the JOOI Club’s meeting and shared his thoughts with the very delighted members present. Gov. Joe expressed his satisfactionwith the gathering and made special note of the service projects the club had planned for the year. He encouraged the students to continue to work assiduously and spread optimism for the benefit of the club and their school. He also elaborated on the importance of their participating in such OI activities as the Essay and Oratorical competitions not just for the movement but also given the benefits to be derived by the individual students themselves.

The Caribbean District Governor then took a few questions and eve
n after the meeting was adjourned spent some time meeting and chatting with the students individually. The students themselves were both excited and encouraged by the Governor’s presence, as was evidenced by almost all the members staying back to take photos and chat with the Governor along with CP Patrick and President Marc‐Maurice of Sunset Liguanea.

The Royal Octagon Club of Queens High School is sponsored by the Sunset Optimist Club of Liguanea. The club meets every Thursday at 3:00 and often host inter-club meetings with The JOOI clubs of Calabar, Meadowbrook and Jamaica College.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Caribbean District News Desk January 10, 2011

The Reach Out Team Heads to Kingston in Second Quarter
Following on the heels of successfully hosting the first Parallel District Conference in Ocho Rios last November, the Caribbean District of Optimists will turn their heads towards Kingston with its second quarter conference this February 2011. (Read more)