Busy Labour Day for volunteers
Volunteers from the public and private sector embarked on several projects across Jamaica as they ditched their corporate wear for jeans, paint brushes, and shovels to tackle their Labour Day projects.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who participated in several projects, helped to clear a gully using an excavator in Washington Mews in Portmore, St Catherine, as one of his tasks for the day. A team of 514 Scotia volunteers assisted with 19 projects across the island. The Scotia Foundation collaborated with the Child Development Agency (CDA) to assist with the restoration of some children's homes across Jamaica.
Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator Pearnell Charles Jr, helped to paint Bethel Town Police Station in Westmoreland in a collaborative effort with the National Water Commission and the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
Seventy-five-year-old Ronald Whittingham would not be outdone as he was among scores who turned out to clean the Rivesdale Community Centre in St Catherine. Volunteers also built a manhole cover at the Riversdale Police Station, while teachers and community members cleaned the Bermaddy Primary School and residents painted pedestrian crossings and cleaned drains throughout the parish.
The Charles Gordon Market in Montego Bay headed the list of 37 registered projects in St James. Work was completed on the vendors stalls, paved areas surrounding the market compound as well as the chain cordon at the front of the building. Repairs and painting of exterior walls, the patching and painting of the car park, and general cleaning up were also carried out.
Amid intermittent showers, members of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, including Senator Norman Grant, planted breadfruit trees at the Denbigh Showground in May Pen, Clarendon.
Labour Day was held under the theme: For Health Sake ... Keep it Clean.