The Vere Technical High School and the Lionel Town Hospital in Clarendon have benefitted from much needed upgrading and repairs, which were carried out by Jamalco as part of its 2009 Month of Service.
On Friday (Oct. 9) employees renovated the gymnasium at Vere Technical, transforming it into a dormitory for male athletes, while the maternity ward and main link way at the Lionel Town Hospital were painted and minor repairs carried out.
Manager for Corporate Affairs and Governance at Jamalco, Leo Lambert, told JIS News that the annual Month of Service is Jamalco’s way of demonstrating its “corporate sensitivity and its commitment to community development.”
He said that over the years, the company has been engaged in a host of activities spanning education, health, social infrastructure, youth and sports development, but this year, focus is being placed on health.
Jamalco employee volunteers paint the exterior walls for the gymnasium at the Vere Technical High School in Clarendon on Friday, October 9. The activity is part of Jamalco’s Month of Service celebrated each year during October.
The Prattville Health Centre in Manchester and the May Pen Infirmary in Clarendon are also slated to benefit from improvement works.
Vice Principal of Vere Technical High, O’Neil Lewin, said Jamalco carried out the work having seen the need.
“They looked at the facilities where the athletes, boys in particular, were housed and the conditions were not ideal and as such, they came on board and we have actually decided to transform the gym facilities into the dormitory area. It is a much larger area, they have decided to totally refurbish the area creating a storage area and study area, where we will be installing computers for the boys to use,” he informed.
Acting Chief Executive Officer for Lionel Town Hospital, Carlton Nichols, lauded the work of Jamalco, noting that the company has been a very valuable partner in the community.
The repairing work at the Lionel Town Hospital began on Labour Day, May 25, and involved replacing damaged sections of the roof along the corridor with new lumber and zinc, and painting the walkway. “This has gone a far way in enhancing the service that we offer,” Mr. Nichols noted.
Managing Director of Jamalco, Jerome Maxwell, told JIS News that “this year we have had a tremendous turn out with many people volunteering their time. Last year it was good, this year the turn out is fantastic”.
Approximately 15 employee volunteers worked on each project.