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St. Thomas Homecoming 2007 promises to be bigger and better than previous years with a series of activities planned to showcase the culture and unique traditions of the parish, while highlighting investment opportunities.
Dubbed, ‘Cum Bak Ya,’ the week of celebrations, from December 1 to 9, will include a health and wellness fair, heritage tours, business seminars, a crime and violence summit, Paul Bogle trade fair, an investment forum, a diaspora reception and fashion show, cricket and a celebrity football competition.
‘Cum Bak Ya’ is being organized by the St. Thomas Heritage and Tourism Development Committee and the United States-based Upliftment Jamaica Limited.
Project Manager, Devon Blake, speaking at the launch of St. Thomas Homecoming 2007 on Tuesday (Nov. 13) at Villa Solaris at 12 Miles, said the activities will be used as a “springboard” to draw attention to the parish and to make residents more aware “of what we have and how to utilize it for development.”
One highlight of the event is a nine-night and vigil at the old Goodyear plant to honour ancestors, who died during the Paul Bogle uprising. Mr. Blake said that the event, which will include performances from the Jamaica Duppy and Upliftment Cultural Bands has been “getting good responses from abroad and people seem to like the idea.”
Another major activity is the Paul Bogle trade fair to be held under the theme: ‘Creating opportunities, transforming lives,’ where business leaders will have the opportunity to display their products and services as well as to meet with prospective business partners.
The idea, Mr. Blake said, is to develop the event into an international trade fair, where companies from around the world can come to display their goods and services.
According to the Project Manager, the plan is to promote St. Thomas as a market place. “A place where the different players can come and work in comfort with all of the digital connections in place and have connections to the world and at the same time, they can do business here, so funds can flow through the system,” he added.
‘Cum Bak Ya’ will also feature heritage tours, including a special one-day hike through the Cuna Cuna Pass Trail, one of the oldest Maroon trails in Jamaica. Visitors to the parish will also be able to view forts, ruins of great houses, gardens, flora and fauna, marine life and the Hanging Tree.
Mr. Blake said the parish has some 20 sites which could be developed into attractions. “We want to start showcasing some of these sites, some are historical, some of them are natural sites, but they all come together to make up this beautiful package,” he pointed out.
There will also be a health and wellness fair where residents will receive dental, medical and optical services free of cost. The event, sponsored by H2H Communications and Upliftment Jamaica, since 2003 will involve over 35 medical personnel from the United States of America.
The roster of events will culminate with the annual Upliftment Jamaica International awards gala at the Goodyear plant in Morant Bay on December 8 and a gospel concert on December 9.
Sponsors include the Jamaica Tourist Board, Air Jamaica, Vibezz TV, Alken Tours and IRIE FM.
Upliftment Jamaica was launched in 1999 by St. Thomas natives Gary Foster, Kirk Green, Nigel Paris, Clayton Balliston and Rainford Grant, who wanted to give back to their parish. The organization has helped to create jobs and opportunities for more than 30 persons in education; provided training in computer technology; and has assisted individuals and organizations including the Morant Bay Infirmary and the Princess Margaret Hospital.
St. Thomas Homecoming 2007 promises to be bigger and better than previous years with a series of activities planned to showcase the culture and unique traditions of the parish, while highlighting investment opportunities.
Dubbed, ‘Cum Bak Ya,’ the week of celebrations, from December 1 to 9, will include a health and wellness fair, heritage tours, business seminars, a crime and violence summit, Paul Bogle trade fair, an investment forum, a diaspora reception and fashion show, cricket and a celebrity football competition.
‘Cum Bak Ya’ is being organized by the St. Thomas Heritage and Tourism Development Committee and the United States-based Upliftment Jamaica Limited.
Project Manager, Devon Blake, speaking at the launch of St. Thomas Homecoming 2007 on Tuesday (Nov. 13) at Villa Solaris at 12 Miles, said the activities will be used as a “springboard” to draw attention to the parish and to make residents more aware “of what we have and how to utilize it for development.”
One highlight of the event is a nine-night and vigil at the old Goodyear plant to honour ancestors, who died during the Paul Bogle uprising. Mr. Blake said that the event, which will include performances from the Jamaica Duppy and Upliftment Cultural Bands has been “getting good responses from abroad and people seem to like the idea.”
Another major activity is the Paul Bogle trade fair to be held under the theme: ‘Creating opportunities, transforming lives,’ where business leaders will have the opportunity to display their products and services as well as to meet with prospective business partners. The idea, Mr. Blake said, is to develop the event into an international trade fair, where companies from around the world can come to display their goods and services.
According to the Project Manager, the plan is to promote St. Thomas as a market place. “A place where the different players can come and work in comfort with all of the digital connections in place and have connections to the world and at the same time, they can do business here, so funds can flow through the system,” he added.
‘Cum Bak Ya’ will also feature heritage tours, including a special one-day hike through the Cuna Cuna Pass Trail, one of the oldest Maroon trails in Jamaica. Visitors to the parish will also be able to view forts, ruins of great houses, gardens, flora and fauna, marine life and the Hanging Tree.
Mr. Blake said the parish has some 20 sites which could be developed into attractions. “We want to start showcasing some of these sites, some are historical, some of them are natural sites, but they all come together to make up this beautiful package,” he pointed out.
There will also be a health and wellness fair where residents will receive dental, medical and optical services free of cost. The event, sponsored by H2H Communications and Upliftment Jamaica, since 2003 will involve over 35 medical personnel from the United States of America.
The roster of events will culminate with the annual Upliftment Jamaica International awards gala at the Goodyear plant in Morant Bay on December 8 and a gospel concert on December 9.
Sponsors include the Jamaica Tourist Board, Air Jamaica, Vibezz TV, Alken Tours and IRIE FM.
Upliftment Jamaica was launched in 1999 by St. Thomas natives Gary Foster, Kirk Green, Nigel Paris, Clayton Balliston and Rainford Grant, who wanted to give back to their parish. The organization has helped to create jobs and opportunities for more than 30 persons in education; provided training in computer technology; and has assisted individuals and organizations including the Morant Bay Infirmary and the Princess Margaret Hospital.