Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, has implored Jamaicans to pay special attention to children in state-run homes, as part of their projects for this year’s Labour Day, which will be observed on Monday, May 24.
She said the thrust for Labour Day 2010 will be on the nation’s children, particularly those who have been abandoned and neglected.
Miss Grange was speaking at the official launch of the event, which was held at the Half-Way Tree Transportation Centre, today (April 29).
Workers’ Week 2010, which begins on May 16, will culminate with Labour Day, under the theme: ‘Our Children…Show Them We Care’.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Andrew Gallimore, raps with some Cub scouts, following the launch of Labour Day 2010, today (April 29) at the Half-Way Tree Transportation Centre, under the theme: ‘Our Children…Show Them We Care’.
“The plan for Workers’ Week and Labour Day is to promote opportunities for the demonstration of care and love for all our children. But I ask you to pay special attention to children in State care, children who are neglected, as well as vulnerable or disadvantaged children,” the Minister said.
Miss Grange said this would include those children who are at risk, the disabled, those in dysfunctional situations and those in need of mentoring or fostering through activities based on the rights of the child, including the right to play and leisure.
The Minister therefore called on all Jamaicans to “show they care, find a cause and volunteer. Get involved, join a project or start a project, register your project and do your part.”
“This is the time when all Jamaicans can join hearts and hands and make the nation a better place for all our children,” she added.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange and Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Andrew Gallimore, march with students from various schools this morning (April 29) from the Half-Way Tree clock to the Transport Centre, for the official launch of Labour Day 2010, under the theme: ‘Our Children…Show Them We Care’.
Miss Grange pointed out that for this Labour Day, focus will be placed on 14 national projects, instead of just one, as in previous years.
The Minister said this new approach is part of the Ministry’s commitment to increase citizen participation in Labour Day activities, especially at the community level.
“This year we are ensuring that all the parishes are focused on, and so we will have 14 projects for national attention, one in each parish and one for each municipal body – Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) and Portmore,” she informed.
Students of the Lannaman’s Preparatory School perform a cultural dance entitled, ‘Soca Fever’, at the official launch of Labour Day 2010, under the theme: ‘Our Children…Show Them We Care’, today (April 29) at the Half-Way Tree Transportation Centre.
She said the National Planning Committee has been working closely with government agencies, the parish councils, the parish committees and members of parliament in each parish to decide on the project of national focus in each parish and to ensure its success.
“Times are tough, but it can be done, especially if we have more volunteers and private sector support,” she said.
The Minister further said it was critical for all Jamaicans, to join together to ensure that this year’s Labour Day projects are carried out.
She said last year’s allocation to the Ministry was $11 million, however this year; the Ministry has only been given $4 million, “so it is clear we (need) all hands on deck to raise some much needed funds.”
State Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Local Government, Hon. Robert Montague, said 11 of the 14 projects have already been confirmed.
“Indeed, we are pleased at the range of projects across the island, which will include work on two homes for the mentally challenged, two boys’ homes, one girls’ home, two basic schools, one family court and two clinics,” he informed.
The State Minister said the remaining projects will be confirmed in the upcoming weeks.