Jamaica Gleaner / WESTERN BUREAU:

Paying tribute to the island’s rich cultural heritage, while kick-starting Black History month, the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), last Saturday showcased an array of Food, Fashion and Dance at The Shoppes at Rose Hall.

Now in its fourth year, the FFAD has become a staple on the Montego Bay calendar, as was evident in the large turnout, and the significant number of executives who graced the runway in designs by Courtney Washington, Elegance Boutique and Earl’s Fashion.

The Shoppes at Rose Hall, Sandals, El Greco, Hard Rock Cafe, Rainforest Seafoods, Margaritaville Caribbean, Porshe, Knutsford Express, Hilton Rose Hall and Round Hill were among the sponsors of the event.

According to FFAD chairman, Joy Clark, the goal was to raise $2 million, for the charity Gloves Over Guns (GOG) a Jamaica Boxing Board Council project for at-risk youth in Montego Bay.

“The programme which has been rolled out in six inner-city communities in Kingston, is being rolled out in the Second City. The Montego Bay Cricket Club is providing the venue free of cost,” she said.

Participants are being pulled from troubled areas, a welcomed move particularly at a time when many crimes are being committed by some of the youngest boys and girls in the city.

“GOG is wholeheartedly about community building, togetherness and being each other’s keeper,” explained Clark.

Gloves is not just a reference to boxing, but a metaphor encompassing love, discipline and respect; lessons learnt which mirror qualities embedded not just in champions of the ring, but life champions.

There was also a call for pledges to continue to support the anticipated start of the programme in March 2018.

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