JIS News

Miss Lisa Ann O’Gilvie of Caribbean Events Group, Expo Producer, is appealing to expectant mothers, parents, and other interested individuals to support the first ‘Mom to Be and Baby Expo’, scheduled for August 9 and 10 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.
“We are inviting parents from all walks of life to come out to the Mom to Be and Baby Expo at the Jamaica Pegasus. The event is for every parent who wants to know all there is about early childhood, parenting, and enhancing their parenting skills,” Miss O’Gilvie explained at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on July 24.
“It is a very diverse expo experience; you will be able to benefit from the sampling that is coming from our partners, a wide range of very exciting presentations. There are also a lot of activities for your kids at the event. The tickets are very economically priced for adults and we are paying special attention to the kids as well, so you can bring the children under 5 years old free, so come out, have a blast and bring away a lot,” she added.
According to the expo producer, persons are also being encouraged to attend to support the ‘Bring a Bills for the Bustamante Babies’, an initiative to raise $250,000 to purchase a defibrillator – an electronic device used to establish normal heartbeat.
“We are expecting about 6,000 persons over the two-day period and we figure if even half of that audience comes with $50 or a $100, we will be able to raise the quarter of a million dollars needed to buy this defibrillator for the hospital, because they are trying to upgrade their life saving services… so that’s really important to us making sure that the Bustamante Hospital, which is our only paediatric institution, benefits from the exposition,” Miss O’Gilvie said.
Another feature of the expo will be a display of various consumer brands, which will be available for sampling.
“We have confirmed about 50 exhibitors, which include consumer brands such as Johnson and Johnson, Pediasure, and Welch’s Juices, offering their specialized products, giving samples, and doing other interactive activities; and there will be retailers of maternity clothing and persons offering post pregnancy advice,” she noted.
Additionally, parents will have the opportunity to leave their children with trained individuals, courtesy of the nanny brigade, for a specific period of time, while they browse the exhibits.
“We have also partnered with Total Care Learning Centre, an organization that trains nannies and caregivers and the arrangement we have with them is that they are going to provide our nanny brigade at the expo, so there will be a team or a troop of trained caregivers who will be walking around and you can register your child with a care giver for an hour and 15 minutes,” Miss O’Gilvie pointed out.
She further explained that the nannies would then take the children to the various activities, including the Pegasus Green, a kid’s activity centre or the DVD movie house.
The ‘Mom to Be and Baby Expo’ will kick off with an official opening ceremony at 9:00 a.m. on the first day and expo activities will last from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. both days.