WASHINGTON — Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen and Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding, have singled out the United States-based Friends of Trelawny Association (FOTA) for special commendation, as a group committed and dedicated to the development and promotion of their beloved parish.
In his congratulatory message read by the President of the FOTA, Caroldine Smith, at a welcome reception in New York on Friday (May 27) to kick-off the group’s 30th annual reunion weekend, the Governor-General lauded the group for spreading the good news about Jamaica throughout the Diaspora for three decades, noting that they have not forgotten their roots.
He noted that the former residents of Trelawny, are among others in the Diaspora, who have been “promoting their native land by positively utilising their skills, talents and abilities in a variety of social and professional activities in their adopted countries,” and have continued to maintain close ties back home, by organising activities that support and touch the lives of many Jamaicans.
“The commitment that you have displayed to your parish and country and the hard work you continue to exhibit in staging this annual weekend of activities, truly embodies the refrain ‘Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica Land We Love’,” he stated.
The Governor-General said that the members can be proud of their parish, which is steeped in rich history and offers some of the finest Georgian architecture in the country. “With the many developments taking place in the parish, ‘Trelawnyites’ from all walks of life, are exuding confidence and optimism for the future because of the many strides their parish has made,” he added.
In his message, Prime Minister Golding congratulated FOTA for its work and service on behalf of the country and its people. “Your early and fond memories of Trelawny are what have fostered this strong commitment to the parish and even the challenges that you encountered there, have spurred you on your drive to contribute to its growth and development,” he said.
The Prime Minister said he is proud to see that the parish has undergone significant progress, citing the development of the Falmouth cruise ship pier and the arrival of the world’s largest cruise liner, Royal Caribbean’s ‘Oasis of the Seas.’
This development, he noted, has brought much life to the town and a resurgence of activity that will nicely complement the tourist meccas of Ocho Rios and Montego Bay.
He said the Government recognises that achieving lasting success will require collaboration and cooperation, and invited organisations such as FOTA and other stakeholders to partner with the Government in a structured and sustained way to embark on the process of nation building.
By DERRICK SCOTT, JIS Reporter