JIS News

The Jamalco bauxite company will be reaching out to communities in Clarendon and Manchester from October 15 to 22, as the company marks its annual ‘Week of Service’.
The occasion is being observed under the theme: ‘Children.Parents, Good Health, Sound Education, Partners for Life’, and is aimed at giving back to the community through developmental projects, said Ealane Livingston-Smith, Public Relations and Media Specialist at Jamalco.
She told JIS News, that this year’s activities would be dedicated to an employee, who died in a refinery accident on October 10. “This time, we are dedicating the week of service to Wayne Anthony Walker,” she said.
She noted that Mr. Walker was a member of the Alcoans Coming Together In Our Neighbourhoods (ACTION) group, which had been participating in a project to construct a meeting room for the Denbigh Kraal Citizen’s Association. This project is one of several planned for the week of service but which will be postponed until after the funeral.
The week of activities will be launched with a special service at the Church of God of Prophecy in Harmons, Manchester on October 16 starting at 11:00 a.m. The service will also serve as a memorial for Mr. Walker. “We’re definitely in mourning at this time and we invite members of the community to join us at the church service to pray for the family members of our departed co-worker,” Mrs. Ealane Livingston-Smith said.
Activities continue on October 19 with a health fair for children with disabilities, at the Jamalco Sports Club at Halse Hall Clarendon. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in collaboration with the Clarendon Group for the Disabled.
“We’re doing the health fair because (it) will impact on a number of people in the community,” Mrs. Ealane Livingston-Smith told JIS News, adding that several businesses in Clarendon including pharmacies, had donated items for the children.
She informed that three physiotherapists from May Pen have volunteered to offer their expertise on the day. In addition, at least one medical doctor will be on hand, as will the Colgate Dental Unit, dental health nurses from the Clarendon Health Department, and nurses from the Jamalco Health Department.
“We expect to treat about 65 children, most of them with disabilities such as cerebral palsy and whose parents cannot afford a number of the services we are providing; such as dental care,” she noted.
Mrs. Ealane Livingston-Smith said that in addition to the Jamalco employees a number of residents had volunteered to assist with the health fair, while transportation will be provided to take the children to the Jamalco Sports Club.
On Friday, October 21 the driveway at the Harmon’s Valley All Age School in Manchester will be paved.
Mrs. Ealane Livingston-Smith noted that other activities planned for the Week of Service were postponed due to Mr. Walker’s death, but further details would be given at a later date.
She is however inviting residents to come out and participate in the events and sign the condolence books at the Refinery and at the health fair.