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Work is proceeding on the multi-purpose court in Riversdale, St. Catherine, one of the four Labour Day projects selected this year for national focus.
Labour Day will be observed on Monday, May 25, under the theme: ‘Ketch the Vibes: Volunteerism, Intervention, Beautification, Empowerment for Success (VIBES)’.
A sum of $500,000 has been committed towards the project by the National Labour Day Secretariat, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.
Community Development Officer of the Social Development Commission (SDC), Barrington Mighton, told JIS News that work began on May 13, with the bushing and clearing of debris around the premises.
The scope of work includes the laying of a multi-purpose court by the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) before Labour Day and the installation of a fence around the centre. There will also be the bushing of the football field and the painting of the fence. Additionally, the entrance to the centre will be paved, the potholes patched and the drains on the compound rehabilitated.
Mr. Mighton said the SDC will be playing a lead role in the mobilisation of community groups and volunteers to take part in activities at the site on Labour Day.
“We have organised the community groups to come out on the day and we are going to be doing some bushing and painting, from the square right up to the project site,” he said, adding that some 300 volunteers are expected to participate in the clean-up activity.
He said that volunteers from the National Youth Service (NYS) and the Jamaica 4-H clubs have already committed their support to the project.
Mr. Mighton emphasised the importance of the centre. “We see it as being very important, as it is going to bring to Riversdale much-needed facilities, which will be the only one of its kind in that side of St. Catherine,” he said.