JIS News

Scores of volunteers and community groups turned out on Labour Day (May 25), to work at the Sports Complex in Riversdale, St. Catherine. The establishment of a multipurpose court at the complex was one of the six national projects chosen this year for Labour Day.
The volunteers, including members of the National Youth Service (NYS), the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, and the Riversdale Police Youth Club, bushed and cleaned the football field and filled potholes along the entrance of the complex. They also cleaned an old market house, which will be transformed into a community centre; and painted a house next to the premises. Work on the project was co-ordinated by the Social Development Commission (SDC) and assisted by representatives of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).
On his arrival at the project site, Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding, accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton and the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, unveiled a sign, ‘Riversdale Sports Complex’. He also handed over a bush cutter to Councillor William Cytall of the Troja Division.
In an interview with JIS News, Councillor Cytall said he was happy to receive the equipment, noting that “large sums of money” were often paid to private individuals for weeding the playfield.
“Now that we have acquired a bush cutter, it will be used by the Riversdale Development Committee to keep this area quite clean, cut the bush and make it orderly,” he said.
Mr. Cytall said the asphalting of the court at the complex was hampered due to the recent rainfall in the area. However, he said work will continue as soon as the weather conditions improve.
The Culture, Health Arts, Sports and Education Fund (CHASE) has agreed to fund the rehabilitation of the Riversdale Health Centre.
Community Development Officer of the Social Development Commission (SDC), Barrington Mighton, told JIS News that it would be ideal to establish a skills training centre in the community, noting that a number of young persons have indicated an interest in learning a skill, especially in the areas of cosmetology and plumbing.
“These are things we will be taking up with the HEART Trust/NTA,” he added.

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