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  • The Jamaica Foundation for Children (JFC) will hold its annual Children's Expo from May 16 to 18, this year, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston.
  • The Government of Jamaica salutes this effort and lends its full support to this organisation.
  • Chairman of the JFC, Richard Lumsden said that this year's event promises to be exciting, and is expected to attract over 50 exhibitors.

The Jamaica Foundation for Children (JFC) will hold its annual Children’s Expo from May 16 to 18, this year, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston.

In launching the Expo at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston today (April 8) Dr. Donald Rhodd, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture congratulated the organisers of the Expo for their work in ensuring that, “our children can even once per year on a mass scale receive the attention they deserve on a daily basis”.

“The Government of Jamaica salutes this effort and lends its full support to this organisation. We also encourage the population of Jamaica to lend its support to this event and also to assist in whatever way you can in saving our children, ” he said.

The State Minister noted that this could only be done, “if we instill the correct ideal in them from a very early age and if we provide the framework and environment for the optimisation of their development”.

Chairman of the JFC, Richard Lumsden said that this year’s event promises to be exciting, and is expected to attract over 50 exhibitors.

Mr. Lumsden said he was expecting the Expo to pull over 4,000 visitors each day and guarantee tight crowd control with the help of the police. “The police have already given us their assurance that they will assist in traffic control along with our staff and volunteers throughout the event,” he said.

The Expo is regarded as a “One Stop Shop” for anyone seeking information on what is available for children in areas such as health care, skills training, entertainment and education and plans for the summer.

The entertainment package will include the KFC Quiz Show, Kingston Drummers, Alpha Boys Band, Mile High Band and Gospel Acts.

The Expo is being held under the theme “Protecting Our Children Saving the Nation”.

Established in 1991, the Children’s Expo has become the major event on the calendar for Child Month and provides a forum for community-based and non- governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as public and private sector companies about the services and products they offer to children and families.