2013-08-30 / Community

A Beautiful Day In Redfern

By Ilyassha Shivers

Why is it that it takes someone to pass away before the community comes together? It usually takes the death of a prominent community figure to bring out those from different walks of life. That may no longer be the case.

On Saturday August 24th, the Redfern Tenant Association and residents, past and present, celebrated Redfern Day. This annual event is a time of celebration and reflection. This year’s event brought the people who live in Redfern, former residents, and representatives of some local organizations. There were festivities throughout the day making it all the more memorable, even making it a better day.

Some of the organizations that took part were Rockaway Youth Task Force, and the medical offices of Dr. Joseph A. Louis who provided health screening and took blood pressure. “We do this from the heart and is based on the philosophy of our practice: Healthy people make happy families and wealthy communities.”

Another organization which came out for the day was New York Cares.

According to Lea Giddins, an outreach coordinator, “New York Cares has several programs in the Rockaways with the hope of creating more.

We were at Redfern to volunteer as well as to recruit community members who might be interested in volunteering and making a difference in the community.”

This year’s celebration was the first major event organized by the newly elected Redfern Tenant association and its president Glenn Collins who thanked numerous groups and people for making the day a success.

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