Portland Festival Queen to host show for Special-Needs Children
The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition continues to empower young ladies through its mantra of 'Jamaican Women ... Shaping our Culture and our Nation'. An aspect of this programme focuses on community involvement, in which the Parish Queens and the National Queen are encouraged to establish an outreach project.
It is against this background that the Miss Portland Festival Queen 2014, Tahera Brown, has organised a fundraising concert as part of her outreach project dubbed Special Needs Community Deserve a Chance, set to take place on Saturday at the Port Antonio High School in Portland, commencing at 7 p.m.
The admission fee for adults is $500, while children under 12 years old pay $200. Tickets can be purchased at the JCDC Portland Office, School of Hope and Braham's Texaco. Complimentary tickets are available at the School of Hope for children with disability. The proceeds from this concert will be donated to the Randolph Lopez School of Hope and the Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) in Portland. There will be performances by Cereta Stars, Prince Theo, Blackie, Freddie Small, Versatile, DD Rose, and the Festival Queen.
The project aims to develop positive values and attitudes among the special-needs community in Portland through recreation and socialisation, while stimulating and facilitating the public's interest in caring for these children.
There are also hopes of enhancing the recreational facility and beautifying the environment of the Randolph Lopez School of Hope and Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) in Portland. There should also be improved learning and educational opportunities for the special-needs community and fostering of equal opportunities for happiness, love and education among the special-needs community.
The Randolph Lopez School of Hope and the Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) Port Antonio Units are institutions in the parish at the same location. Both cater to students with special needs. The School of Hope caters to children ages six to 18 years with intellectual disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, ADHD, down syndrome, behavioural disorder, and other learning disabilities, while the JAD caters to children ages three to 18 years.