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  • The Jamaica Christian Boys’ Home got a well-needed facelift today (May 25), as scores of volunteers turned out to participate in a Labour Day project at the New Kingston-based facility.
  • The work day included washing and painting of the fence, exterior walls, dormitories, bathrooms, as well as the foyer and living room. Twenty-two mattresses were also donated to the home.
  • Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Senator Dr. Angela Brown Burke, noted that the project is in keeping with the national theme: ‘Labour of Love: Nurturing our children.’

The Jamaica Christian Boys’ Home got a well-needed facelift today (May 25), as scores of volunteers turned out to participate in a Labour Day project at the New Kingston-based facility.

Organised by the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), in collaboration with Appliance Traders Limited (ATL), the work day included washing and painting of the fence, exterior walls, dormitories, bathrooms, as well as the foyer and living room.  Twenty-two mattresses were also donated to the home.

Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Senator Dr. Angela Brown Burke, noted that the project is in keeping with the national theme: ‘Labour of Love: Nurturing our children.’

She expressed pleasure at the level of support. “I think it’s always important for (the boys) to have as many individuals as possible to come in to show love, to let them know that they are not forgotten and they are cared for and that there are many of us who know that they are here and we want to give of ourselves,” she said.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining and Member of Parliament for South Eastern St. Andrew, Hon. Julian Robison, who was among the volunteers, told JIS News that he was pleased with the effort to provide “a bit of uplift to the facility.”

“The (Labour Day) theme is protecting our children and many of our children, who are in the homes, are vulnerable as they come from very difficult circumstances, so this project is to give the home a boost and hopefully, that will assist the boys in their own rehabilitation,” Mr. Robinsons said.

Group Public Relations Officer at ATL, Tonya Russell, told JIS News that the volunteers repainted all the boys dormitories and the bathrooms as well as completed gardening work.

Customer Service Representative at ATL, Alondra Gutzmore, said she was happy to assist with the beautification of the boys’ home.

“Being here today to contribute towards the boys; it is a wonderful feeling and I very proud to be a part of this team and I am having fun doing it,” Miss Gutzmore said.