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  • Jamaicans are being urged to bring back the spirit of volunteerism as the country prepares to participate in a slew of Labour Day activities islandwide on Tuesday, May 23.
  • “We have to get back to why it was in the first place that the whole initiative of Labour Day resonated with Jamaica the way it did, and I cannot think of a better time than now to volunteer,” said Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Dr. Janice Lindsay.
  • She was addressing a JIS Think Tank at the agency’s head office on Half-Way Tree Road on Thursday (May 18).

Jamaicans are being urged to bring back the spirit of volunteerism as the country prepares to participate in a slew of Labour Day activities islandwide on Tuesday, May 23.

“We have to get back to why it was in the first place that the whole initiative of Labour Day resonated with Jamaica the way it did, and I cannot think of a better time than now to volunteer,” said Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Dr. Janice Lindsay.

She was addressing a JIS Think Tank at the agency’s head office on Half-Way Tree Road on Thursday (May 18).

Dr. Lindsay noted that volunteering is even more pertinent at this time, in light of the displacement caused by recent flood rains. “This is an opportunity to mobilise the people to get communities back up and running again,” she said.

She is encouraging persons to go out and participate in the major projects that will be carried out in each parish.

In Kingston and St. Andrew, renovations will continue at the Ward Theatre, and the Central Police Station will also benefit from construction and repair works. These are also the national projects.

In Manchester, works will be carried out at the Mandeville Courthouse and Police Station and at the parish’s infirmary. Other general repairs, whitewashing of kerbs and painting of pedestrian crossings will also be undertaken.

Other projects include work at the Lucky Hill Basic School in Glengoffe, St. Catherine; painting and fence repairs at the Neville Antonio Park in Portland; painting, bushing and washing of walls at the Trelawny courthouse; and bushing and planting along the New Holland Main Road in St. Elizabeth.

Fences will be constructed in Lemington District in Westmoreland, and painting will be done and a gate built at the Dundee Primary and Infant School in the parish.

In St. Mary, volunteers are expected to gather at the Fort Haldane Civic Centre for the planting of palms, painting, de-bushing and the reinstallation of a cannon that was removed.

The repair of the road leading to the Montego Hill Police Station is the national project for St. James.

Meanwhile, significant work is to be done at the Heritage Park in Stony Gut, St. Thomas, including the bushing of verges from the Spring Garden main road to the heritage site.

Earthen drains on the site are to be cleaned; septic covers, trees and fence posts will be painted; and garbage bins installed.