JIS News

A number of the island’s schools, infirmaries and community spaces will benefit from clean-up, repair and beautification work on Labour Day, May 23, through a slew of projects to be carried out by the Sandals Group.
Director of Corporate Communications for the Sandals Group, Rachel McLarty, told JIS News that the various hotels within the group will be assigned to selected projects in their vicinity.
She noted that the hotels in St. James will carry out repairs on the female dormitories at the parish’s infirmary, while the four resorts in Negril will be focusing on the grounds and gardens of the Hanover and Westmoreland Infirmaries and effecting repairs to the facilities.
“In the Whitehouse area (Westmoreland), we will be teaming with the fishermen in cleaning up the beaches in the community,” Ms. McLarty informed, adding that personnel in the St. Ann and St. Mary regions will be repairing roads in the Sheila Bay Street community while cleanup, repair and the creation of a mural will be done at the Grey Pond Basic School.
“It’s not just a situation where we picked a project.it’s based on an ongoing relationship whether it’s with an infirmary or a school. We place tremendous emphasis on building and supporting the communities where we have a presence and it extends beyond Labour Day,” the Communications Director pointed out.
“It is absolutely essential that we (Sandals Group) support Labour Day and other initiatives of this nature as it allows us to give assistance where we can and share with the Jamaican public that tourism means much more than people visiting our island, but also about community interaction,” she added.
She encouraged other corporate entities and Jamaicans to “make Labour Day a significant day on our national calendar and help in the building of our nation because it is what we have and we want to make sure that we hand it over to generations to come bigger, better and greater than it was handed over to us.” Labour Day 2007 is being observed under the theme: ‘Honouring our Ancestors.Strengthening Communities’ in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans.

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