His Worship the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie, and a number of Councillors and staff of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) took to the streets of the Corporate Area again on New Year’s Day (January 1),to feed and support hundreds of homeless persons, indigents and children in homes.
Executive Director of the Digicel Foundation, Major General Robert Neish, also joined the tour on behalf of the Foundation, which financed this year’s activities.
Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) Town Clerk, Errol Greene (left), holds an infant who was abandoned at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital recently, during a visit to the Marigold Child Care Centre, Lady Musgrave Road Kingston, as part of His Worship the Mayor Desmond McKenzie’s annual treat. Looking on are Councillor Cislyn Brown (Olympic Gardens) at right and former KSAC Public Relations Officer, Vastine Walker, centre.
The annual activity, in which His Worship the Mayor of Kingston Councillor Desmond McKenzie, and staff hand out food, refreshments and gifts on New Year’s Day, was financed in the past by the Mayor’s Annual Xmas Dinner Fund. However, this year, the Digicel Foundation stepped in to finance the entire day’s activities.
They started out from the KSAC’s office, Church Street, downtown Kingston, at approximately 1 p.m. and over the next three and a half hours passed through Cross Roads, New Kingston and Half-Way Tree, handing out food and gifts to the homeless. They also visited the Jamaica Christian Boys Home, Oxford Road, and the Marigold Child Care Centre, Lady Musgrave Road, to eat, drink and talk with the youthful inmates.
At the Marigold home, the visitors were introduced to a baby who had been abandoned at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital just three days after birth, and at the Silver Slipper Plaza in Cross Roads, the Mayor requested the Poor Relief officers to assist a homeless woman with HIV/AIDS who was writhing in pain on the pavement.
Downtown indigents enjoying free meals at the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation’s (KSAC) car park on Friday evening (January 1), during His Worship the Mayor Desmond McKenzie’s New Year’s Day treat.
The visitors were also surprised at the large homeless communities which have developed inside the gullies in Cross Roads and New Kingston over the last decade. The tour ended back at Church Street, where dozens of indigents were fed in the KSAC’s car park.
The event was introduced by Mayor McKenzie when he assumed office in 2003, to bring cheer to the homeless of the Corporate Area on New Year’s Day. Town Clerk, Errol Greene, was also on the tour.