PORT ANTONIO — St. Mary celebrated Labour Day with work on projects in several communities.
A total of 65 projects were registered with the St. Mary Labour Day Committee, with work on the Children’s Ward at the Port Maria Hospital designated as the parish project. Other projects registered included painting government buildings, cleaning up of communities, cleaning up of beaches and repairs to roadways.
Apart from the parish project, special focus was also placed on the Paediatric Ward of the Annotto Bay Hospital, with the painting of the building and beautifying of the premises through the planting of trees and cleaning up of the compound.
Both the parish project and the work at the Annotto Bay Hospital were chosen in accordance with this year’s National Labour Day theme, “It takes a village to raise a child."
Work done at the Port Maria Hospital included the painting of the children’s ward, replacing cupboards and electrical fittings and the planting of flowers.
Speaking to the Jamaica Information Service at the Port Maria Hospital, Mayor of Port Maria, Councillor Richard Creary, attributed the success of the activities to organizations and individuals combining their efforts to provide the necessary support.
He was particularly grateful to the National Youth Service, the St Mary Police Youth Clubs, the St. Mary Fire Brigade, the police and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), for their co-operation.
He said he was confident that the overwhelming commitment and exemplary community spirit displayed by participants would ensure completion of the projects by the end of the day.
By ASTON G. BAILEY