Labour Day 2015 was celebrated on Monday May 25 under the theme Labour of Love: Nurturing Our Children and many Jamaicans islandwide got into the spirit of the day. Here are a few of the many projects that were undertaken.
Labour Day activities in the parishes of St. Elizabeth, Trelawny, St. Ann, Westmoreland and Hanover received tremendous support from volunteers, on Monday, May 25.
The main projects for the parishes were: Manning's Boys' Home in St. Elizabeth; the Jerusalem Mountain Community Centre in Westmoreland; The Uriah Rowe Park in Trelawny; The Widow's Mite Children's Home in St. Ann; and the Hilloughby Basic School in Hanover.
Basic school repaired
At the Hilloughby Basic School, several areas of the school were repaired and repainted by citizens, including Mayor of Lucea, Councillor Wynter McIntosh and Councillor for the Sandy Bay Division, Lloyd Hill, while volunteers in St. Elizabeth turned out to carry our repairs to sections of the Manning's Boy's Home, which is located in Southfield.
Face-lift for comm centre in the West
Over in Westmoreland, Secretary/Manager of the Westmoreland Parish Council, Mrs. Opal Beharie and Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar, Councillor Bertell Moore, led volunteers who turned out to undertake work on the Jerusalem Mountain Community Centre.
Uriah Rowe Park cleaned
In Trelawny, Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Garth Wilkinson, headed a large group of volunteers who carried out work on the Uriah Rowe Park in Falmouth as well as the Hague Community Centre.
The Uriah Rowe Park, a popular location for residents of Falmouth was cleaned and sections of the security fence repaired and a number of ornamental trees planted on the grounds. The roof of the Hague Community Centre was repaired.
Children's home painted
At the Widow's Mite Children's Home in Murray Mountain, in St. Ann, volunteers repaired and painted several sections of the building. Work was also carried out on the vegetable and flower gardens at the home. This project was carried out by the St. Ann Parish Council and received support from representatives of HEART/NTA, North East Regional Offices.
Palladium constructs garbage skip
In other Labour Day projects, Team Members from the Palladium Hotels & Resorts constructed a garbage skip in the Elgin Town community to ensure that residents have a safe place to leave their domestic waste for collection. The hotel workers also painted a section of the Lucea Primary and Santoy Basic Schools.
General Manager, Mr. Jose Morgan, said that the Labour Day projects form part of the hotel's corporate responsibility to the community. "We at Palladium are always looking for opportunities to work with communities and to improve the general aesthetics for our team," he said.