JIS News

Scores of residents as well as members of the St. Thomas Labour Day Committee turned up today (May 23), to participate in the beautification and clean-up of the park, the round-a-bout and the Paul Bogle Square in Morant Bay.
This was the parish project for Labour Day 2006, observed under the theme: ‘Jamaica’s Beauty – Our Duty’. It was one of 81 projects registered in the parish for Labour Day.
“We are expecting at least 300 persons today, doing some work in one form or the other,” Custos of St. Thomas, Marcia Bennett, told JIS News.
She said that activities entailed the beautification and renovation of the Rudolph Elder Park, the Morant Bay round-a-bout, the Paul Bogle Square, including the ancestral burial ground.
“These sites were selected because we felt that they are meaningful to the people of St. Thomas,” she said.At the Rudolph Elder Park, some 50 trees donated by the Forestry Department, were planted by members of the National Youth Service and the St. Thomas Labour Day Committee.
Mrs. Bennett said that work in the park would continue after Labour Day, since there were plans to erect benches and restore the fountain.
The Custos had high praise for the business community in St. Thomas, noting that over $200,000 was collected to assist with Labour Day activities.
“It augurs well for the parish. It means that even if you don’t see a business man here, they have still done their bit,” she said, pointing out that the money was used to purchase paint, paint brushes, gloves and flowers for beautification activities in the parish.
Work at the ancestral burial ground, which was undertaken by members of African Heritage Development Association and the Bank of Nova Scotia in Morant Bay, involved painting, the planting of trees and flowers.
The Morant Bay round-a-bout also got a face-lift with the planting of flowers and the re-painting of curb walls. Work was done by members of the Kiwanis Club of Morant Bay, led by President designate, Everald Roye.Mayor of Morant Bay, Joan Spencer and Secretary/Manager, St. Thomas Parish Council, Clinton Gordon also gave their support to the project.