- From as early as 6:30 a.m. Friday, May 23, volunteers turned up at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston.
- The 200 volunteers worked alongside Board members and staff of the JCDC, to spruce up the venue.
- The refurbishing work, valued at more than $500,000, is being spearheaded by the newly formed Ranny Williams Re-development Committee, a sub-committee of the JCDC Board of Commissioners.
From as early as 6:30 a.m. Friday, May 23, volunteers turned up at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston to carry out painting and other refurbishing activities as part of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Labour Day 2014 project.
The 200 volunteers, including representatives from the Jamaica National Foundation, the Kiwanis Club of Liguanea, the Kiwanis Club of North St. Andrew, the University of the West Indies, the National Youth Service, and community members, worked alongside Board members and staff of the JCDC, to spruce up the venue.
The refurbishing work, valued at more than $500,000, is being spearheaded by the newly formed Ranny Williams Re-development Committee, a sub-committee of the JCDC Board of Commissioners.
Executive Director, JCDC, Delroy Gordon tells JIS News that the works are in line with the Board’s long term plans for major development of the venue, which houses an entertainment centre, and the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre.
The location is a popular venue for the staging of arts development programmes and national cultural celebrations, organised by the JCDC, and private companies.
“We want to transform it into one of the most state-of-the-art, most comprehensive entertainment venues in Kingston, and indeed in Jamaica,” he said.
Mr. Gordon informed that the Labour Day activity is the committee’s first project for this year, having commenced rehabilitation works last year with the repaving of the grounds, and other activities.
Outlining the scope of works, the Executive Director noted that it mainly involves beautification, such as white washing stones and tree trunks, and planting bougainvillea vines, and palm trees.
Also included, is some masonry works, repainting the kerb wall in the parking lot, and establishing designated parking areas, including disabled parking signs.
The work also involves painting the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre including the seating area and the offices, as well as other minor repairs to the complex.
Mr. Gordon said participants would be given the opportunity to unwind with some entertainment in the afternoon, noting that persons “are donating their talents in terms of performances and music”.
“So it’s going to be a day of work but also fun-filled at the same time – all in the spirit of Labour Day as we seek to ‘Take a Stand…and Beautify our Land’,” he said.