A Jamaican High Commission UK 2012 Fund has been launched to provide financing for projects and activities to be held in the United Kingdom to celebrate the country’s 50th anniversary of Independence next year.
The establishment of the fund was one of the initiatives coming out of a meeting of Jamaican community leaders hosted by High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Anthony Johnson, at his London offices last weekend.
Dr. Linda Haye of the Caribbean Women’s Forum of Hertfordshire presented the first cheque to the fund.
High Commissioner Johnson used the meeting to urge the Jamaicans to plan and organise events in their areas to mark the island’s 50th Independence anniversary.
He also informed them about some of the proposed activities being looked at by the steering committee, including a High Commissioner’s award to honour outstanding UK-based nationals and persons of Jamaican heritage.
Deputy High Commissioner, Joan Edwards, also mentioned the twinning of a number of Jamaican institutions with their relevant UK counterparts, including Hope Gardens, National Library of Jamaica, National Gallery of Jamaica, National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) and the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts.
She also spoke of a project being spearheaded by the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) for the creation of a Jamaica village tohighlight Jamaican heritage, culture, food and other aspects of national life, and plans to capitalise on Jamaica’s participation in the London Olympics.
The theme for the 50th anniversary year is ‘Jamaica Homecoming’ and the Deputy High Commissioner said the UK Committee was being guided in its activities by the National Committee in Jamaica headed by Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange.
She told the community members that activities planned must seek to raise standards and to leave a lasting legacy.
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