As part of its centennial celebration, Brooklyn’s Lions District 20-K1 recently conducted a community health fair in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
The lions said the “Day of Service” — held at Stephen Decatur School, MS 35, between Lewis and Marcus Garvey avenues — focused on “total wellness.”
“The district planned this health fair as a part of our centennial celebration (1917-2017) of humanitarian services,” Doreen Thomas, the Jamaican-born chair of the organizing committee, told Caribbean Life. “The goal was to bring free health service to the community.”
A wide range of topics were addressed, and several health screenings, among others, were conducted.
These included hepatitis; discussion on breast, ovarian and prostate cancer; mammogram; podiatry; autism; diabetes; pregnancy prevention; dementia; Alzheimer; blood pressure; vision; dental hygiene; stress; and mental health.
There was also information on driver safety and tuition-free adult education classes.
“We did not reach as many people as we thought, but some community members benefited from this fair,” Thomas said. “Many of our professional volunteers were on hand to answer questions and give advice. Many Lions were out supporting the cause.”
District Governor Jacqueline D. Williams, Esq. was on hand, and Bernice Fraser co-chaired the event.