JIS News

Labour Day projects in St. Catherine received support on (May 23), as residents from various communities in the parish turned out to paint walls, cut overgrown grass from verges and do general clean-up at the sites.
The parish projects were the painting of the Cenotaph at the Anglican Parish Church in Spanish Town, the cleaning and refurbishing of Emancipation Square, and the mounting of a plaque at Witters Park in Sligoville, the first free village.
Mayor of Spanish Town, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, who participated in all three projects said the effort put out by citizens was symbolic of the true spirit of Labour Day. He told JIS News that ever since Labour Day was instituted, people have been coming together to do good for their communities.
“I believe that this renewed effort is a positive move in the right direction as at times we get caught up in our devices and do not think about the community. I believe that Labour Day provides an ideal opportunity for communities to work together,” he said.
Over in the Portmore Municipality, Mayor of Portmore, George Lee said the involvement of residents in Labour Day activities was “impressive.”
“I think it was quite good and I’m quite happy,” he said, noting that residents planted trees and mounted several “no dumping” signs in the parish.
In Lauriston, citizens cleaned the entrance to the community. President of the Citizens Association, Audley Nain said he was pleased with the turn out.
“Every year we try to get everybody together to clean-up the area, because it’s only when we clean it that we appreciate it, and so we are imploring other communities to do the same. Forget the beach, forget the other activities, just come to your community and clean it up,” he advised.
In Spanish Town, members of the Optimist Club painted a pedestrian crossing in front of the St. Catherine Parish Library. President of the Optimist Club, Lera Reid told JIS News that the project was an annual one. “This pedestrian crossing serves many persons. School children from about four schools in the area use it daily, so we think it fitting to do this every year,” she said.

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