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    • Communities in Central Manchester will vie for $350,000 in cash through the staging of a clean-up and beautification competition.
    • To participate, communities must apply through their Community Development Committees (CDC). The CDC must be recognized by the SDC, and they also have to be active.
    • All cash prizes must be used towards a community development project.

    Communities in Central Manchester will vie for $350,000 in cash through the staging of a clean-up and beautification competition.

    The contest, which is in response to the call from Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, for an island-wide clean-up, also seeks to encourage civic pride and foster community development. It will be guided by the theme: ‘Connecting Communities; Impacting Lives’.

    Speaking with JIS News, Development Officer for Central Manchester in the Office of Peter Bunting, Trishanna Archer, said that the main aim of the contest is to strengthen and improve communities through volunteerism.

    To participate, communities must apply through their Community Development Committees (CDC). The CDC must be recognized by the SDC, and they also have to be active.

    Application forms are available at the SDC in Mandeville or at the Member of Parliament’s Office. As part of the application process, groups will be required to submit a mini-proposal outlining their project to the SDC. Applications are now open and close on November 24. The judging period ends on December 14.

    Chairman of the Manchester Dispute Resolution and Violence Prevention Association, Michael Harvey, said that the SDC will play a pivotal role in the staging of the competition.

    “They will assess the competition to ensure that the objectives are met, the stipulations are kept and they will also be executing the judging component,” he informed.

    ‘The Top Community’ will be awarded a $250,000 cash prize. The ‘Most Creative Community will receive $50,000; Most Organized Community, $25,000; and Most Environmentally Aware Community will win $25,000.

    All cash prizes must be used towards a community development project.

    In addition to instilling civic pride, Miss Archer said that ensuring a clean and orderly environment is critical in the fight against crime.

    “Crime thrives in communities that are without order and we are addressing that as well. In Central Manchester, we have to ensure that there is no safe haven for criminal activities. As a result, we have to ensure that there is order, the environment is clean, and will foster an environment with little or no criminal element or activity,” she said.

    The Central Manchester Clean-Up and Beautification Community Competition is supported by the Minister of National Security and Member of Parliament for Central Manchester, Hon. Peter Bunting; Manchester Dispute Resolution and Violence Prevention Association; and the Manchester Police.

     

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