Children refugees get free health check-ups this weekend

The Hampton Roads Refugee Relief is hosting a free health clinic at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula on Sunday.

The event is open to all children refugees in the Hampton Roads area.

Dr. Rabia Jafri, HR3 chairwoman, said Eastern Virginia Medical School staff will provide health screenings for children, ranging from visual and dental checks to general and sports physicals.

The Hampton Roads Refugee Relief Health Fair is at the Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula, 429 Thorncliff Drive in Newport News from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, visit the HR3 website or call 757-817-2124.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.