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Co-coordinator of this weekend’s national clean-up project, Kingsley Thomas, has said that there is strong support for the initiative, with private sector companies, individuals, community-based organizations and churches pledging assistance.
“We have been extremely happy at the response from the private sector. We have received pledges of contributions for food, and for equipment. We are very, very happy at the level of response we have received to date,” Mr. Thomas said, as he addressed yesterday’s (Sept. 25) post Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.
The project, which was announced by Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, is part of the recovery response following the onslaught of Hurricane Dean on August 19 and is designed to rid communities and towns of all traces of hurricane debris.
In the meantime, Mr. Thomas said that plans are advanced for the exercise. He noted that while Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30 are the designated national clean-up days, work have already begun and is being accelerated in some areas. “Even (today), three trucks and a backhoe will be deployed to Old Harbour Bay in St. Catherine to start that activity, given the magnitude of the task in that particular area,” he informed.
Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, said that a call centre will be put in place where persons can call in with information or to volunteer their services. Interested persons can call 960-1089 for more information or visit the website www.whatsonjamaica.com.
The clean-up exercise will involve the private sector, Jamaica Council of Churches, citizen’s associations, non-governmental organisations, youth clubs, Jamaica Defence Force, Jamaica Constabulary Force, Jamaica Information Service, media associations, public relations entities and utility and telecommunications companies.

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