JIS News

Residents of St. Catherine are gearing up to clean and beautify their communities on Labour Day, May 23, with 45 projects registered so far with the parish’s Labour Day Secretariat.
“Based on the feedback we are getting from the civic community meetings, people are just rearing to go on Labour Day,” said Administrator at the St. Catherine Parish Council, Shirleen Greenland. She noted that residents of the parish are always eager to participate in projects, which help to improve their communities.
Miss Greenland told JIS News that three parish projects will be undertaken this year in keeping with the Labour Day theme of ‘Honouring our ancestors, Strengthening our communities.’
The projects are: cleaning the grounds and painting the perimeter fencing and walls at Sligoville Park, the site of the island’s first free village, and mounting a plaque at the monument; painting and clean-up of the Cenotaph located next to the Anglican Parish Church in Spanish Town; and general cleaning and refurbishing of Emancipation Square. The Labour Day Secretariat has contributed $100,000 for the projects.
In addition to the main parish projects, residents will participate in general clean-up and beautification of public spaces, refurbishing of public facilities and the building and repair of schools and clinics. Miss Greenland informed that WINDALCO has volunteered to undertake the painting of the clock in Old Harbour Square.
Labour Day observances this year will mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the trans-Atlantic trade in enslaved Africans. The refurbishing of the Bath Botanical Gardens in St. Thomas is the national project.
Communities and groups across the island are being urged to continue registering projects with the local offices of the Social Development Commission, the parish councils, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), the parish offices of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, or the Labour Day Secretariat. Persons can also register on-line @ www.jis.gov.jm/special_sections/labourDay2007.

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