MAYOR OF Spanish Town Norman Scott has expressed delight with the outpouring of kindness from Corporate Jamaica this Christmas season.
Eighty children from the Strathmore Gardens Place of Safety and the Sunbeam Children's Home in the parish spent a fun-filled day at the Hope Zoo, organised by Columbus Communications in partnership with Burger King and Wisynco.
Columbus also donated a box of toys to Scott for distribution to the children of Spanish Town.
The mayor gave two thumbs up to the companies for their efforts to make this Christmas a festive one for the children. He stressed the importance of remembering the less fortunate during the holiday season and lauded the organisations for their support of such initiatives.
"We appreciate that the teams at Columbus, Burger King and Wisynco made such an effort to provide a special treat for the children from Spanish Town. Taking them to the Hope Zoo was a great idea as many of them may not have otherwise had that experience," said Scott. "This was a refreshing change in their lives that gave them the assurance that they are special to us all."
Children from the homes in St Catherine and others in Kingston were treated to a tour of the Hope Zoo to see the new animals, including Lucas the lion, the zebras, and miniature horses. The 200 children enjoyed an afternoon of entertainment, fun and games, including a magic show and a screening of the animated feature film, The Croods, movie premiere in the gardens. Burger King and Wisynco also provided meals and drinks for the children. Volunteers from the three companies escorted the children on the tour of the zoo.
MOVED BY REACTION
Nicole Campbell, corporate social responsibility specialist at Columbus Communications, operators of the Flow and Columbus Business Solutions brands, was moved by the reaction of the children as they interacted with the volunteers and enjoyed the day.
Sabrena McDonald, sales and marketing manager of Burger King, said, "Burger King is thrilled to be partner with Columbus as the children are at the heart of the holiday season and are at the heart of Burger King. We were delighted to see the joy on their faces as they experienced all that had been planned for them."
Jermaine Brown, sponsorship and events manager at Wisynco, noted the importance of giving this Christmas and Wisynco's dedication to supporting worthy causes.