Labour of love in St Ann
OCHO RIOS, St Ann:
LABOUR DAY 2015 in St Ann saw corporate Jamaica teaming with public-sector entities to give back to the various communities across the parish.
For the eighth straight year, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) Ocho Rios/Runaway Bay chapter, under the leadership of Vana Taylor, focused on the St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital.
With the assistance of several hotels in the parish, along with other private entities, several areas of the hospital once again benefited from a day of labour.
"We are focusing on several areas this year, maternity, paediatrics, A&E, high-dependency unit, and male surgical ward," Taylor stated.
"This year, we have several hotels on board along with corporate Jamaica. We have Jamaica National (JN), JMMB, NCB (National Commercial Bank), Island Village. It's a combined effort with corporate Jamaica because, ultimately, the hospital benefits all of us, so it's priority."
Ransford Davidson, business relationship and sales manager for JN's St Ann operations, said his company was continuing its support of the health sector.
"This year, we are really collaborating with JHTA; we have approximately 40 staff members from St Ann and Kingston, as well as volunteers representing Jamaica National.
"We understand the importance of the health sector and the need for improvement, so that's why the emphasis on the project."
The St Ann Parish Council led other entities on the parish project, Widow's Mite, in Murray Mountain.
"The Heart Trust, NYS (National Youth Service), Rotary Club of Ocho Rios East, the police, Jewel Paradise Cove, were all there along with persons from the parish council," Mayor Desmond Gilmore disclosed.
The laundry area was tiled, a vegetable garden was prepared, driveway paved and sections of the home painted.
"All went very well and the children were extremely grateful," Gilmore said.
Noranda Bauxite continued its community involvement with a focus on several of its mining areas.
Noranda teamed with the Discovery Bay Past Students' Association to install two water pumps and paint the entrance walls and schoolrooms at Discovery Bay All-Age.
The company was also involved with work at the St Ann's Bay Hospital, the Queenhythe Basic School, the Discovery Bay Police Station, painting of pedestrian crossings in Brown's Town, painting of the Water Valley Basic School and the construction of a greenhouse at the Noranda Tobolski complex.
A team from tourist attraction Mystic Mountain painted several pedestrian crossings in Ocho Rios and Runaway Bay.
Meanwhile, Courts Jamaica Limited continued from where they left off last year, with a day of work to upgrade the Fern Gully.
A team of more than 300 persons from the company, with assistance from Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry Department, Tourism Product Development Company and the Ocho Rios Resort Board, set out to clean the gully from top to bottom and plant ferns in an effort to improve the well-known tourist attraction.
"The aim is to 're-fern' the gully and bring it back to the natural habitat it should be," explained Dr Roosevelt Crooks, chairman of the resort board.