Negril Entertainment Association hosts kids for the season
Claudia Gardner, Assignment Coordinator
WESTERN BUREAU:The MXIII Lawn in the resort town of Negril was abuzz with activity on Sunday, when the Negril Entertainment Association (NEA) staged its second annual Children's Christmas Treat at the venue.
Scores of children turned out at the West End Road-based venue, which is owned by businessman and member of the NEA, Clive 'Kubba' Pringle. Pringle told Western Focus that the group was happy to be involved with an event of this nature.
"The Negril Entertainment Association came up with this idea in order for us to contribute to our community. We thought that the best way would be to come up with a Christmas treat, and that's what we did last year. It was very successful and we decided to continue," Pringle told Western Focus.
"We had a wide variety of sponsors - hoteliers, business people, community people, even visitors, people on Facebook, have assisted us with this project. So it is a collaborative effort with everyone. It's just a one-love thing," he added.
The day's activities included an entertainment segment which saw performances by the Green Island High School group, Boys Aloud; Negril-based magician Merick 'Nutty Professor' Panton and singer Iesha Sterling. The children also received toys, school supplies, ice cream, cake, popcorn, rice and peas, soup, and other culinary delights.
Pringle said the NEA was looking forward to staging a similar event in 2015.
"I am happy that every child got some form of gift and everyone is happy. It will be bigger and better next year, because it is one thing that gets the community together for a good cause," he said.