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Dr. Donald Rhodd, State Minister for Education, Youth and Culture, has charged Jamaicans at home and abroad, to unite in celebrating the country’s significant achievements over the last 43 years, and to honour the national heroes “on whose sweat and blood the nation was built”.
According to Dr. Rhodd, Jamaicans can be proud of its accomplishments in the areas of culture and the arts, sports and academia. He also cited the modernization and expansion of the nation’s physical infrastructure, including the road and telecommunications network, and other areas through which a solid foundation has been laid to increase productivity to sustain economic growth.
The State Minister was speaking to some 1000 Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica, who attended the grand Independence ball held last Saturday at the Renaissance Hotel in Miami, Florida. The event was organized by Needy Kids of Jamaica and the Clint O’Neil Foundation, which is named in honour of the late Jamaican media personnel, who passed away last year.
Stating that the country was faced with a number of challenges, Dr. Rhodd said it was only through unity that these difficulties could be successfully confronted.
He noted that, the strength and democracy of Jamaica lay in the resilient spirit of its people, wherever they resided. “The political and economic pressures with which we are confronted test our endurance and our capacity to adapt, to manage change and keep moving forward,” the Minister continued.
He praised the overseas nationals for their ongoing efforts to help develop their homeland, even as they continued to make meaningful contributions to the economic and social welfare of their adopted homes.
He pointed out, that through hard work and dedication, Jamaicans abroad continued to bring honour to their homeland, earning the country the right to be a formidable leader in the region and the respect of the global community.
The Education State Minister commended the organizers of the annual gala, and spoke of the scores of children in communities in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean, who had benefited from their altruism.
The Prime Minister’s message at the function was read by Consul General to Miami, Ricardo Allicock, while Yolly Robeson, Florida State Representative, read the message from United States President, George Bush.Entertainment was provided by the Jamaica Folk Revue and the Bare Essentials Band. There were also selections of song, drama and dance.