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Jubilee's Christmas goodies to the aged

23 December 2013, 12:41 Joseph Mukubwa

Nanyuki - It was early Christmas as tens of old people in Nanyuki, Laikipia County received donations from Jubilee Insurance Company on Sunday.

The over 80 elderly persons who are staying at Pope John II Huruma Health Centre near Nanyuki town enjoyed foodstuffs donated by the company in order to join them in celebrations during this festive season.

The company also donated bedding and towels worth thousands of shillings.

The company's Public Relations Officer Mary Kihagi said this was part of the co-operate social responsibility in order to share joy in this festive season.

“Christmas is the season of compassion, a season to remember those who are down and out, who are suffering and who have little hope. We must promote charity in the community for the benefit and for the greater good of humanity,” she said.

She said the company has been supporting areas of health, education and environment.

The centre director sister Lucia Jura said the centre which is a charitable institution is supported by the Archdiocese of Nyeri.

The institution started in year 2003 and was opened in order to serve the HIV/Aids patients but in year 2006 it started admitting cancer patients after chemotherapy and radio active.

It now caters for the old who are suffering from various diseases like cancer, diabetes, organ failure among others.

The centre serves as a home and also as a hospital for the old.

 “Most people with long –term illness and the elderly suffer in their last days. As a reason, Huruma aims at serving these patients with lover, compassion, fervor and commitment in a friendly atmosphere. We also appeal to well wishers to follow suit since the centre lacks finance to support it, said the centre director.

One of the elderly William Muchiri from Narumoru who resides here lauded the company for the donation saying they were happy for the support.

The Jubilee Insurance in house initiatives include the jubilee children fund which seeks to alleviate the hardships faced by underprivileged children in the areas of education.

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