Sat | Dec 15, 2018

Golden Spring feted for Christmas

Published:Monday | December 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Children get their faces painted during The Golden Spring Christmas Treat held at the community centre in Golden Spring on Saturday.

Organisers are expecting that the Christmas treat which was hosted by the Ashleigh Foundation, will not only be an avenue for fun and excitement but instead, will empower youths to unleash their God-given potential.

Jennifer Housen, president of the foundation and attorney-at-law, told The Gleaner that the event which was held at the Golden Spring Community Centre on Saturday catered to some 300 youths.  

“We see the kids and we are happy that they are enjoying themselves, but it’s not just about  today. We want persons to be empowered and informed. For example Jamaica has one of the best apprenticeship programmes but it is not sold and many persons are unaware. We want our youths to launch out and empower themselves,” she told The Gleaner 

“This is about building communities and it starts here. We have four divisions represented here. Red Hills have come over, Lawrence Tavern, Brandon Hill and Stony hill. All the kids you see here are from those communities,” she said.

Housen, who is also the People’s National Party’s caretaker for West Rural St Andrew, indicated that she wanted a holistic environment where everyone can be accommodated. She also pleaded with Jamaicans to put the children first.

“We are looking to make this an annual event, we have various competitions because we also wanted to engage the young adults and so we have a six-a-side competition. Once the slides and the activities are up, the kids will enjoy.”

“Let us treat our children, we have had a rough year. Our children continue to encounter severe cases of abuse. We’ve also seen the viral videos, we have seen a lot of things, so lets treat our children and give them the childhood they deserve,” she charged.

Resident of Golden Spring, Paulette Davis, who also assisted with organising the event said that events like these are needed to enhance the Christmas spirit among the less fortunate.

“Unfortunately we have some who can’t afford to get a toy because parents can’t afford it. So we want to do what we can to assist them. It’s Christmas time so we ant to get them in the mood. It’s all about love.”