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It's Christmas at Island Village - Annual charity event brings cheer to many

Published:Monday | December 10, 2018 | 12:12 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer
Children being served at Christmas at the Village in Ocho Rios on Friday night.
Santa greets a little girl at Christmas at the Village in Ocho Rios on Friday night.
The clowns came out to delight the children at Christmas at the Village in Ocho Rios on Friday night.
The Star Classic Drummers performing at Christmas at the Village in Ocho Rios on Friday night.
Barbara Richards (left), of Teen Challenge Jamaica Women’s Centre, accepts a cheque for $150,000 from Vana Taylor, area chairperson, Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, and president, St Ann Chamber of Commerce.
Donna Harris (left), principal, St Christopher’s School for the Deaf, accepts a cheque for $150,000 from Vana Taylor, area chairperson, Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, and president, St Ann Chamber of Commerce, while Member of Parliament Shahine Robinson looks on.
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Scores of children and adults turned up at the Island Village Shopping Centre on Friday night for the annual 'Christmas at the Village' charity event presented jointly by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) St Ann Chapter and the St Ann Chamber of Commerce and Island Village.

It was a joyful time for the children, especially as Santa Claus turned up to greet them and present gifts for Christmas. The clowns came with their bags of tricks and face painting, and there was a lot of refreshment for everyone.

Member of Parliament for North East St Ann and Minister of Social Security Shahine Robinson switched on the lights on the Christmas tree to officially start the season at Island Village.

In her greetings, Robinson hailed those responsible for arranging the treat, which also saw presentations being made to three charities - St Christopher's School for the Deaf, Teen Challenge Jamaica Women's Centre, and Widow's Mite - all in St Ann.

 

ACTS OF GENEROSITY

 

They were each given cheques for $150,000 along with other gifts.

"These are acts of generosity that we need for all of us to come together and really showcase for the people of Jamaica," Robinson noted.

The MP also had commendations for Vana Taylor, JHTA area chairperson and president of the St Ann Chamber of Commerce.

"I just want to tell Vana publicly that we thank her for the work that she has been doing, and this evening is just an example of the goodness of this woman," Robinson told the audience.

Taylor, who had spoken earlier, encouraged Jamaicans to show love and respect all year round.

Custos of St Ann Norma L. Walters, in congratulating the organisers of the event, thanked them for choosing to assist the three charities. Kind words also came from Mayor of St Ann's Bay Michael Belnavis, who hailed the organisers for looking out for others at Christmas time.

More than 30 entities contributed to the Christmas treat. The vast majority came from the tourism sector along with organisations such as the Jamaica Constabulary Force, in addition to supermarkets and other private-sector agencies.

Star Classic Entertainment Drummers, La Voice, along with a trio made up of Shelly Holiday and Perez Morris on vocals and Shadrick on guitar were among those who provided entertainment.