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JN gets ready to labour with love

Published:Friday | May 22, 2015 | 12:00 AM
In this file photo, Donna Howell, JN fund manager, puts a golden touch of paint on the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew as part of Labour Day activities.

More than 20 projects will be undertaken by employees of the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) during this year's Labour Day activities across the island. In keeping with the 2015 national theme, 'Labour of Love, Nurturing Our Children', schools and hospitals will be the main focus of beautification and improvement efforts.

These projects will be spearheaded both individually and collaboratively by branches and MoneyShops employees across the JNBS network, as well as the society's members, under the JN Member Advisory Councils (MACs), JN said in a release.


Member Advisory Councils


Virginia Turner, project manager at the Jamaica National Building Society Foundation, which has responsibility for rural development through the society's MACs, said: "Since the implementation of MACs in 2006, hundreds of community projects have been identified to boost the development of communities in which JN branches and MoneyShops are located."

She noted that Labour Day, as a nationally recognised holiday, will allow employees, members and volunteers to collectively demonstrate the society's continued commitment to nation building.

"Jamaica National has a long history of implementing philanthropic projects, and the establishment of the MACs simply formalised these efforts. As a result, each location responds naturally to demonstrating their corporate and civic pride to elevate communities in which they operate, particularly on this national work day," the project manager stated.


Action Jamaica Volunteers


To complement the manpower on the day, some 50 JNBS Foundation Action Jamaica Volunteers have also confirmed their participation.

"Through the volunteer arm of the JNBS Foundation, we will be providing additional support to two of the major projects that will be undertaken at the Half-Way Tree Primary School and the St Ann's Bay Hospital. And, annually, we rely on the volunteers who dedicate their time to help us achieve our Labour Day mandates," Miss Turner noted.

Last year, approximately 26 Labour Day projects were completed by 175 JN employees and 60 Action Jamaica volunteers.

Labour Day is Saturday, May 23, but will be observed on Monday, May 25.