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Bridgewater gives thumbs up to volunteer tourism

Published:Wednesday | June 6, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Volunteer tourism in Jamaica recently received a boost through the efforts of members of Virginia State University's (VSU) Class of '68.

Led by United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Pamela Bridgewater, 22 members of this graduating class, fondly called the 'Moonlighters', participated in a series of events on May 25 through to May 28.

vegetable garden

Themed 'A Day of National Service', the group visited the Mahoe Drive headquarters of the Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) last week Monday to carry out activities including the planting of a vegetable garden to support the organisation's food supplies, lively reading to approximately 75 children affiliated with the MSC and a donation of scholastic books contributed by the US Embassy's Robeson Information Resource Center.

During their stay the group also attended the debut performance of the Dance Theater of Harlem Ensemble, a church service at the Webster Memorial United Church, with a sermon given by Reverend Russell Awkard and a tour of the National Heroes Park.

Bridgewater has endorsed this form of tourism, which she said can affect tangible and positive change in the lives of many Jamaicans.