Major upgrade planned for Thornton
Approximately 4,000 residents of Thornton in St Elizabeth stand to benefit from the renovation of community infrastructure for skill and educational development, plus improvement of the sporting landscape.
The JWN Foundation (JWNF) is partnering with the area’s elected representatives, who have committed to equally funding the project, which was conceptualised by non-profit group the Thornton Community Club, which was relaunched in 2017 under the motto ‘ evolve, adapt and welcome change’.
The primary objectives of the Thornton Community Club project are skills-training facilities (working in partnership with the Heart Trust/NTA), a local bakery, a homework centre for children, adult literacy and numeracy classes, first-aid and fitness clubs, and a fenced and lighted playing field that is capable of hosting various tournaments.
The skills-training centre and bakery will assist in making the community’s youth more marketable, improving their livelihood and boosting morale in the vision of having a community brand.
“The foundation truly welcomes the opportunity to participate in this critical and game-changing development,” said JWNF CEO, Tanikie McClarthy Allen. “It is what we do, it is who we are – impacting growth and giving back to our communities.”
This latest initiative adds to the JWNF’s continuous commitment to its communities, which includes recent upgrades to Scott’s Cove, Middlesex Infant School, and Appleton Estate Basic School, plus Read Across Jamaica Day activities, which involved book giveaways.
“We envision a multipurpose community centre and sport complex that has the ability to accommodate all citizens of our community,” the Thornton Community Club remarked in a release.
“It brings our community together from all ages and ethnicities to share in culture, art, education and recreation. It is the hub of the soul and spirit of our community.”