MONTEGO BAY — Support is pouring in for the National Parish Project in Westmoreland, which is the Clifton Boys’ Home in Darliston.
Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar and Chairman of the Parish Labour Day Committee, Councillor Bertel Moore told JIS News after the final planning meeting on May 18, that positive responses have been coming in from the Savanna-la-Mar business community as well as from persons and business owners in Darliston and surrounding areas.
Some 25 projects have already been registered in the parish for Labour Day (May 23), which will be observed under the theme: ‘It takes a village to raise a child’.
The home has been chosen by the parish’s Labour Day Committee, in recognition of its 50th anniversary and the tremendous efforts being made to care for the more than 30 boys at the home.
On Labour Day, the home will be getting a new porch, and new tiles will be installed on the verandah, at a cost of just under $1 million.
“We are prepared to do whatever is possible to make things better for the boys this Labour Day,” Mayor Moore told JIS News.
He expressed appreciation to all businesses in and around Savanna-la-Mar for their support in cash and kind, and urged all residents of the parish to come out and support the various projects.
Secretary/Manager of the Westmoreland Parish Council, Opal Beharie, is also appealing to residents to respond on Labour Day for the sake of the boys at the home.
“Let us come out and celebrate with our children. As a community and as a parish, we feel that we have an obligation to assist these less fortunate at the boys’ home. We believe that it is our responsibility to support and encourage them and to make an impact (in their lives),” Mrs. Beharie told JIS News.
Meanwhile, Councillor for the Darliston division, Trevor Jamieson, commended the Parish Council and the Labour Day Secretariat for choosing Clifton Boys’ Home as the national parish project.
“This means a lot to the constituency as well as all the citizens of the area. We are looking forward to coming out to do our part to make this a successful project on Labour Day,” he said.
By GLENIS ROSE