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Georgetown, Guyana – (June 24, 2016) First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, today, paid a visit to the men’s dormitory of The Palms Geriatric Home to follow-up on a wellness initiative she started with the female residents last month. The exercise, which started yesterday, was held in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Protection, the Women Across Differences (WAD) group and Pastor Sean Sobers of the Destiny Empowerment Worship Centre.

The men were given haircuts by a group from the church, as part of its outreach programme and today they were preparing for a special ‘spa’ session of manicures and pedicures from the girls attached to the WAD group when the Ministry of the Presidency visited the facility.

First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger (second from left) is pictured among Pastor Sean Sobers, the matron and care-givers at The Palms Geriatric Home and representatives from the Women Across Differences group.

Mrs. Granger also presented all the male residents from the four dormitories with a pair of pajamas. She commended the young women attached to the WAD group and expressed gratitude for the church’s participation, noting that the gesture was appreciated by the men and the carer-givers at the facility.

The residents and First Lady interacted warmly with each other. Some thanked her for taking the time to visit them again. Others thanked her for their gift and yet others expressed their admiration for her service. Mr. Robert John, a resident of Ward Four, charmed all the visitors with his singing, particularly when he serenaded the First Lady with a melodies rendition of “God be with you till we meet again”.

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Mr. Lewis Hart, a resident of The Palms Geriatric Home charms First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger when she visited the facility to host a special ‘spa’ exercise for the male residents.

Meanwhile, Mr. Whentworth Tanner, Director of Social Services at the Ministry of Social Protection, said that the Ministry was pleased to partner with the Office of the First Lady on this initiative as it is in keeping with its overall plan to enhance the services offered at the retirement home.

“The aim is to make sure that persons are comfortable,” he said.

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