Gleaner staffers, celebrities fill in for vendors
Celebrities, managers and officers of The Gleaner Company yesterday took to the streets to sell the newspaper across sections of the Corporate Area.
The initiative, part of The Gleaner's 180th anniversary celebration, was used as a platform from which the newspaper plans to give back, as proceeds from the sale will go to selected charities in Kingston, St Ann, Manchester and St James.
Collin Bourne, The Gleaner's print, plant and distribution operations manager, who was located at the intersection of Mountain View Avenue and Old Hope Road, said it was imperative that managers grab opportunities to serve their customers.
"We are not above giving back to our citizens. I also know that this project is for a good cause and I want to join in solidarity with our vendors and other stakeholders," he said. "I believe everybody should get involved, especially managers, because it's not just about disseminating news."
Similarly, Gregory Tomlinson, process improvement leader at The Gleaner, who was stationed at Cross Roads, said: "I have no regrets. I am happy I went out there. I enjoyed the experience and it also gives us a chance to see for ourselves what our vendors encounter on a daily basis."
He added: "It also shows us the challenges that exist. We see the look on people's faces, we hear their feedback, and then, as managers, we are able to make adjustments and enhance our products to suit their needs, because they are the reason we have been around for 180 years."
Trisha Williams-Singh, Digicel's senior corporate communications manager, who was among five celebrities who participated in the sale, encouraged Jamaicans to show more respect to vendors.
"I have always had a deep passion for the vendors. I want to commend The Gleaner for achieving so much and still being effective after 180 years. I am always excited when projects are done that contribute to nation building. I had a good experience," she said.
"I always try to reach out to persons who work in the sun, because my mother is a farmer and I believe, as Jamaicans, we ought to exercise more patience towards our vendors. Being out there this morning was an eye-opener and also a privilege to engage with various persons," Williams-Singh said.
Other celebrities who participated included entertainers Michelle 'D'Angel' Downer, Mitsy 'Brown Suga' Campbell, Dalton Harris and chief executive officer at Mckayla Financial Services in Kingston, Delroy Joseph.
Gleaner Circulation Manager Burchell Gibson took the time to express gratitude to persons who made it a success.
"The sales exceeded our expectation, and overall I think we had a good morning. I want to thank those who made individual contributions and all other persons who made it a success. A big thank you," he said.
Among other Gleaner executives participating were Managing Director Christopher Barnes; Rudolph Speid, group finance and procurement manager; and Company Secretary/ Legal Adviser Shena Stubbs-Gibson.