JIS News

Several projects were carried out in Portland on Monday (May 24) as communities in the parish joined the rest of Jamaica to put work into Labour Day 2010.
The projects, which included the cleaning of drains, bushing of roadways, erection of road signs, building of bus sheds, and refurbishing of public buildings, were undertaken by community groups and organisations, which worked closely with the Portland Labour Day Committee.
The Parish Labour Day Project was the painting and beautification of the Muirton Boys Home in Manchioneal, including painting of walls and whitewashing of various sections of the compound.
The work extended to the farm with the planting of 100 fruit tree seedlings and repairing of a chicken coop, under the supervision of the Portland Office of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA). The home, which houses 20 boys, has been in operation for 30 years.
Other organisations participating in the day’s work included the Jamaica Red Cross, Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF), National Youth Service (NYS), Tourism Action Club and the various church groups in the area.
Chairman of the Portland Labour Day Committee and Mayor of Port Antonio, Councillor Floyd Patterson, told JIS News that the home was chosen as the parish project in keeping with the National Labour Day theme: ‘Our children, show them we care’.
He noted that the work carried out at the facility was designed to lift the spirits of the residents.
Manager of the Muirton Boys Home, Maxine Palmer, expressed gratitude to the Portland Labour Day Committee for choosing the institution as the parish project, and thanked the various organisations and individuals, who worked on the project, for their kind gesture and generosity.