Rotaract lends a hand

Members of Rotaract Blue, along with other volunteers, spread holiday cheer in December for the Hurlston family by providing some cosmetic fixtures to the structure of their home.

Rotaract members

Members of Rotaract Blue, along with other volunteers, restore the Hurlstons residence in West Bay.
Photo: Submitted

Ms Hurlston has lived at her home in West Bay with her daughter Mary for 15 years. After witnessing poor living conditions and other concerns the case was brought to the attention of Rotaract Blue by members of the Sunrise Adult Training Center, where Mary attends. As the Sunrise Adult Learning Centre is a signature community service for Rotary Central and Rotaract Blue, members felt compelled to act in spreading the spirit of Christmas for a family in need, stated a press release.

The cosmetic fixtures to the house included creating a new door frame, purchasing and installing a new front door, remedy the plumbing from the bathroom to outside septic and repainting of the exterior of the house.

‘Although it would be more practical to rebuild the structure of the Hurlston’s residence from the foundation, it was more necessary to improve the safety and provide suitable living conditions immediately,’ the press release said.

With further preparation, Rotaract Blue, with the assistance of their sponsoring club Rotary Central, intends to continue this project with rebuilding the entire home commencing in early 2008.

‘I am very grateful for this team and their efforts with restoring my home. It is much improved and my daughter and I love the new colour,’ Ms. Hurlston said.

Rotaract Blue President Odell Suarez said: ‘The conditions that we observed are not acceptable living conditions. We are aware that there are more cases similar to what we observed. It is our ambition to tackle these deficiencies within our Islands one home at a time. Rotaract Blue enjoyed this project and we hope that the Hurlston family will enjoy their home’s restoration.’


To help with the project and for more information about Rotaract Blue and its community service projects, email [email protected].