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CPJ active in the community

Published:Wednesday | December 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Photo A Caribbean Producers 'We Care for the Environment' project with the Montego Bay Marine Park. Here students of the Howard Cooke Primary are being taken on a tour of the marine park.

Schools Association western athletics meet, the next staging of which will be held at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Montego Bay in 2015.

Approximately 75 schools from across the island participate in that competition, which is geared at promoting character development, teamwork and a genuine care for each other.

Because of its belief in service through volunteerism, this year, CPJ team members dedicated much of their time to community involvement via several initiatives, including the teaching of the Level Three of the Our City programme, which is part of the Junior Achievement Jamaica Programme. This initiative included visits to grade-four classes at the St Mary's Preparatory and Bogue Hill Primary schools in St James for one hour each week for 12 weeks.

All good corporate entities contribute significantly to the furtherance of education, and so it is no surprise that CPJ continues to consistently host its annual Scholarship and Booklist Programme for children of staff member, who are performing at a high academic standard at their respective schools. This year, a total of 46 children were awarded for their academic performance, while others who did not qualify for academic scholarships benefited from the Booklist programme.

There is hardly any worthy cause in western Jamaica which is not supported by CPJ. The company has supported fundraising initiatives staged by other companies, including the CUMI (Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill) Walkathon, which supports the rehabilitation of those afflicted by mental illness in St James; the MoBay City Run, and the Kiwanis Club of Providence Cancer Walk. The company has also entered into a partnership with Digicel Foundation 5K for Special Needs.

There is no stopping CPJ as it relates to giving back to the community it serves. Its directors have given a commitment to "respond positively to the many requests for small community events such as fundraisers or community feeding programmes, at churches community groups", as well as requests from "football leagues, places of safety, church groups and other service-oriented organisations", and their word is their bond.