Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is praising the various individuals and organisations that have come forward to lend their support to this year’s Workers’ Week and Labour Day activities.
Labour Day is being observed on Wednesday, May 23 under the theme ‘Ramp it up…Fix it up’.
Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Ms. Grange highlighted the various partners, including the National Health Fund (NHF), National Education Trust (NET), Digicel, Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and Berger Paints Limited.
She noted that the NHF has already committed $2.5 million towards the scope of works at the Cumberland Road Health Centre in St. Catherine, and additional funds will come from the Ministry of Health.
Digicel has donated some $1 million towards the Ramps in Schools Project, which involves the construction of wheelchair ramps at public schools to facilitate greater access by persons with disabilities.
“A number of companies have reached out to us, and we will be better able to say, at the end of the celebrations, the monetary contributions that we have received,” Ms. Grange indicated.
At the same time, she is appealing for more companies to come on board.
“We are in discussion with other public-sector entities who have indicated that they want to come on board, and as soon as we finalise those arrangements, we will be making the announcement,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Minister urged Jamaicans to volunteer their time and resources towards the beautification of their communities and the national projects at the Cumberland Road Health Centre and the St Ann’s Bay Infant School in St Ann.
“Labour Day and Worker’s week is about volunteerism,” she added.
The Minister also thanked the many volunteers who, over the years “have put their heart and soul into making Labour Day and Workers’ Week a success”.