Falmouth church gets aid from int'l tourism fund
Richard Morais, Gleaner Writer
TOURISM CARES, an international non-profit organisation, has announced six worldwide grants to preserve and enhance cultural and heritage sites, with Falmouth Heritage Renewal getting US$7,500 to repair the St Peter's Anglican Church.
According to the executive director of Falmouth Heritage Renewal, Dr Jim Parrant, the majority of the money will correct termite damage to the 215-year-old structure. The grant will also assist a brick-and-mortar project to help restore and preserve the outstanding example of British Colonial architecture.
Visitation to this site is expected to increase exponentially, as it is within walking distance of the cruise pier, which is to open soon, as part of the Falmouth Cruise Port project.
The mission of Falmouth Heritage Renewal is to preserve the Falmouth historic district - the largest intact collection of Georgian architecture in the Caribbean. The organisation seeks also to train local youth in building conservation and restoration in order to involve them in the preservation of their nation's rich architectural and cultural heritage.
A total of $81,000 will be presented to the six organisations worldwide. The organisations do projects in the areas of historic preservation, sustainable tourism and conservation education, at cultural and heritage sites.
Tourism Cares is proud to expand the worldwide reach of its projects, with three of the six grantees representing international projects. "Tourism Cares has long been an advocate of conservation and preservation as a means to engage in responsible tourism," said Bruce Beckham, executive director of organisation. "The worthy recipients of the Tourism Cares worldwide grants promotes goals that are in line with Tourism Cares and we're excited that our mission continues to be reached overseas," he added.