BOSCOBEL, St. Mary:
BEACHES BOSCOBEL Resort & Golf Club in keeping with its drive to be a socially responsible corporate entity, has kicked off the Christmas season with a number of treats to help over 800 residents in the communities of St. Mary. Students at Stewart Town Basic School, Boscobel Primary School, Oracabessa Primary School, residents at the St. Mary Infirmary, and Shut-ins in the Boscobel, Hudders-field, Oracabessa and Stewart Town communities have and will benefit from the outreach effort. 'Project Smiles' a project of the Jamaica AIDS Support to assist children 'who have been touched by AIDS' will also benefit from the resort's generosity.
Stewart Town Basic School with 110 students was the first community group to receive Christmas cheer from the resort. The students were treated to a luncheon and each received an educational toy as a Christmas gift. The resort also donated teaching tools to the school and books to be used in the school library. Stewart Town Basic School was adopted by the resort in July 2002. The resort subsidises the teachers' salaries and also pays the salaries of the auxiliary staff, in addition to maintaining the school's facilities.
Boscobel Primary School with a school population of 230 students also benefited from the resort's community outreach effort, with a similar fare of food and gifts.
Sixteen students from Oracabessa Primary School, who are participants in the Save a Boy Mentorship Programme conducted by the resort, along with their mentors and parents, were also feted at a private party hosted at the hotel manager's residence. The students were treated to an afternoon of fun and games with a number of surprises and gifts. Andre Brown, a participant in the programme, won for himself and his family a day pass at the resort as the main prize for the lucky dip activity at the function.
St. Mary Infirmary in Port Maria with 86 residents also benefited from a similar programme of activities.
The shut-ins from the communities of Huddersfield, Boscobel, Oracabessa and Stewart Town will also have a brighter Christmas as the resort plans to donate packages of canned and other food items, in addition to Christmas cake and sorrel today.
The resort is also participating in the Project Smiles campaign launched by the Jamaica AIDS Support and the University of the West Indies and has so far collected boxes of school supplies, non-perishable food items, toys, toiletries and linen for children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS to be distributed during the Christmas season.