Georgetown, Guyana – (December 23, 2018) Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon and his daughter, Mrs. Danielle Harmon- Klien, today, feted over 400 children drawn from communities on the West Bank Demerara at their annual Children’s Christmas Party, which was held at the West Demerara Secondary School’s auditorium.

The children, who came from the communities of Phoenix Park, Pouderoyen, Best Village, Vreed-en- Hoop, and Malgre Tout among other communities were delighted to receive Christmas presents and goodies.

This year marks the 12th year that Minister Harmon and his family have hosted the Christmas party for children living in the Essequibo Islands-West Demerara (Region Three). Every year, since its inception, the Christmas party has grown and as a result, can no longer be kept at the Minister’s Phoenix Park home.

The Minister of State believes in giving back to the community and as such, he said he remains committed to contributing in a tangible way to the development of youths.

“We have been blessed throughout the year and what better way to celebrate this season than giving back? So today we want to give back to you the children. We believe that it is important for us to give back than to receive and so that is what we are doing here today,” Minister Harmon stated.

More importantly, the Minister of State said that as a member of Government, there is both a personal and professional consideration for children and young people while noting that the APNU+AFC government will continue to invest in youth.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Harmon-Klien, who is based in the United States, said each year she looks forward to spending time with the children. “It is good to see some of the faces that we’ve been seeing over the years,” she said.

Ten-year-old Alisha Moideen, of Best Village, said she was happy to have been invited to the party. Two other children, Ms. Zaynab Providence and Ms. Badieh Williams of Phoenix Park, each thanked Minister

Deputy Regional Executive Officer of Region Three, Mrs. Jenifer Ferreira- Dougal as well as other regional officials attended the Christmas party.

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