Tue | Jan 23, 2018

Labour Day projects across Jamaica

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Chris Dehring, chief executive officer of Ready TV, Jamaica’s first digital subscription-television service, leads his team in the clearing of debris from the Hellshire Beach, Portmore, St Catherine, on Labour Day.
Residents of Farm Town in Discovery Bay, St Ann, doing repairs on Labour Day to a road in the district that leads to the Farm Town Basic school. Noranda New Day Bauxite Company contributed cement, sand and stone towards the project which covered approximately one mile of roadway. The bauxite company also sponsored major painting jobs at the Discovery Bay Post Office, the Water Valley and Charlton schools, and repairs to the canteen at the Watt Town basic school, all in St Ann.
Volunteer Hyacinth McKenzie pulls up a chair to sand and strip the see-saw as she assists in building a brighter future for students of the Shortwood Basic School. the Labour day project saw LASCO iCool providing hands and hydration in support of rebuilding the school’s playground.
President and chief executive officer of Jamaica Energy Partners (JEP) and West Kingston Power Partners, Wayne Mckenzie, installs a fire hose in the fire truck at the Old Harbour Fire Station. JEP’s Labour Day activities involved the renovation of a bathroom at the fire station and the donation of vital life-saving equipment.
Appliance Traders Limited’s (ATL) Kamala McLeish (foreground) and Quavon Bryan clearly understood the concept of working together to get the job done as they carried out Labour Day activities at the Promise Learning & Training Centre in Kingston. The two were part of a group that repainted the institution’s computer room, office spaces, as well as the sick bay, and undertook general repairs and installations. Promise Learning & Training Centre caters to approximately 80 students with autism and other learning disabilities. ATL employees in the Montego Bay region also made an impact by carrying out landscaping activities at a preschool in Bogue.
Prof John Lindo (left), acting director at the National Lab Services, shows off his knowledge as the demonstrates how best to plant a tree to Lissant Mitchell (left), chief executive officer at Scotia Investment. Mitchell was one of 30 ScotiaVolunteers who assisted the National Lab Services and the Blood Bank with their Labour Day beautification project.
From left: Courtney Bell,community programmes manager at the FLOW Foundation, gets involved as ‘carpenter for the day’; Corporal Lloyd Bailey of the Golden Grove Station works on a sheet of lumber, while Eastern St Thomas Member of Parliament Dr Fenton Ferguson, FLOW’s Shelly Ann O’Connor, and Superintendent Velma Thomas-Gayle of the Community Safety & Security Branch look on. Sponsored by Flow, to the value of $600,000, a group of FLOW Employee volunteers, assisted by members of the JCF and the neighboring communities, carried out painting, tiling and landscaping works at the station.
Shernette Crichton, director of resort operations at Half Moon, had no problems using the weed wacker during the resort’s Labour Day activities at the St James Infirmary. Team members from the resort spent the day painting, planting trees and cutting lawns.
Sagicor team members labouring at the D’Frank Early Childhood Institute in Greenvale, Mandeville, Manchester. The school was one of 10 projects across the island.


In keeping with this year's National Labour Day theme 'Restore, Preserve and Beautify', several individuals and organisations took on several projects across Jamaica. Here are highlights from the day's activities.