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Digicel keeps it clean 'for health's sake'

Published:Friday | May 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM
The Vistaprint team, in collaboration with Digicel Foundation, varnishes chairs for the children at Blossom Gardens Children’s Home. From left: Tanisha Walter, Nicola Johnson and Trudy-Ann Hanson.
Member of parliament, Central St James, Heroy Clarke, helps to paint a table at the Blossom Gardens Children’s Home with Digicel Foundation’s Joy Clark (centre), Parish Councillor, Suzette Brown.
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Three community organisations benefited from a full day of volunteerism courtesy of Digicel staff members on Labour Day. More than 100 volunteers across Kingston and Montego Bay spent the day engaged in several activities to renovate community-service organisations which collectively placed heavy emphasis on projects related to a clean environment, healthier food production and safe facilities for children to learn and play.

In Kingston, the focus was on the Trench Town Agribusiness Cooperative Limited in Arnett Gardens, where volunteers assisted in the regeneration of a greenhouse, planting sweet peppers, bushing the grounds and painting the administrative office. Additionally, Digicel Foundation donated a laptop computer and a printer to the cooperative, which will assist them in proper record-keeping and financial accounting.

Greenhouse manager, Tashanna Walker, outlined the importance of the Labour Day efforts.

"This will greatly assist us in improving the business. We have been in need of a computer and printer for some time, to assist us in structuring and marketing our work as professional agriculturalists," Walker said.

 

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

 

The greenhouse, which had been inactive for almost a year, was once a source of environmentally conscious employment and social enterprise within the community.

Meanwhile in Montego Bay, Digicel staff and volunteers worked with the Blossom Gardens Childcare Facility to renovate their playground and beautify the premises. Beautification and electrical upgrades were also done at the Montego Bay Autism Centre.

Board Chairman at Digicel Foundation, Jean Lowrie- Chin, said, "We are happy to partner with citizens in Kingston and Montego Bay as we embrace this year's theme. We commend the members of Trench Town Agribusiness Cooperative Limited for their greenhouse initiative, which promises to be a sustainable enterprise for this ambitious community," Lowrie-Chin said.