China Harbour gives washers, dryer to infirmary
May 24, 2013

The hands of human kindness have reached out to give assistance to residents and workers at the St Mary infirmary who will feel the weight lifted from their loads of laundry following the gift of two commercial washing machines and a commercial dryer from China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC).

The machines were handed over at a ceremony at the infirmary in Farmer’s Heights in Port Maria, St Mary, recently.

The much-needed appliances, said to cost nearly half a million Jamaican dollars, will assist in laundering sheets, towels and clothes for approximately 85 elderly residents of the old-age home. Prior to CHEC’s donation, all washing was done by hand.

Overwhelmed, overjoyed

“I am overwhelmed; overjoyed, I am so happy to really be accepting these, because I know that my laundresses are over-worked from washing by hand for 85 residents daily. I know this will ease their burden and we’ll be able to do more for our residents,” said matron Sharon Burke.

She said the dryer will come in handy particularly during the rainy season when clothes take longer to dry.

“Being located on the north-east coast of the island, we get rain regularly, so often that the wet laundry piles up. Having a dryer will relieve us of this problem,” she reasoned.

General affairs manager for CHEC, Jamaica, Yanming Xiao, said the donation is in keeping with the philosophy of the Chinese government in caring for the elderly.

“Caring for elderly citizens is part of our social culture in China. We have brought this philosophy to the island by first donating shower chairs to the Golden Age Home in Kingston, and now choosing to make our contribution to this infirmary,” he explained.

Meanwhile, minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing and member of Parliament for Central St Mary, Dr Morais Guy, welcomed the gifts.

“China Harbour recognises that, as part of its corporate social responsibility, there has to be an impact on the people who live and work in the environment within which they operate,” Guy said.

“The parish council and the St Mary infirmary have been having challenges over the years to ensure when it rains that the residents are comfortable. Now that CHEC has donated two washers and a dryer, it will have a positive impact,” he continued.

Yanming Xiao said it is the tendency of CHEC in their engagement with the Jamaican Government to offer assistance in the communities near to where they are executing their projects.