Jamaica Observer / FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Despite a lower turnout of volunteers than previous years, several projects were undertaken across western Jamaica on Wednesday — Labour Day. At the Falmouth Health Centre in Trelawny, a wheelchair ramp was constructed sections of the buildings painted, and the driveway to the facility paved.
In the Troy area of the parish, a pedestrian crossing close to the Troy High School was repainted, and the playing field in the community cleaned up.
There were also several other projects in communities such as Albert Town, Hague, Clark’s Town, Duanvale and Wakefield in the parish of Trelawny.
Chairman of the Trelawny Municipal Corporation and Mayor of Falmouth Colin Gager, however, lamented the lack of participation of residents in the planned projects.
“People didn’t turn out in great numbers; I believe it (turnout) should have been better, so I am very disappointed [as] more participation was definitely needed, “Gager told the Jamaica Observer.
“Inspite of this, however, we got some work done.”
In Hanover, several volunteers turned out to undertake repair work on the Kingsvale Health Centre, which was the main parish project.
The project involved the installation of a guard rail at an entrance ramp to the centre, painting, changing of doors, and the cleaning of the compound.
Mayor of Lucea Sheridan Samuels told the Observer that the work done on the centre, which serves communities such as Riverside, Flower Hill, Farmstead, Haughton Court, Kingsvale, Paradise, and sections of Dias, was well-needed.
“The health centre and the health of the citizens is what we are concerned about. We want to ensure that people get the proper health care,” said Mayor Samuels.
The nearby Riverside Basic School in the community also received a facelift from members of the Riverside Youth Club.
A bus shed was constructed in the vicinity of the Pell River Primary School, while in Logwood, the Royalton Negril Resort and Spa spend more than $300,000 to effect repairs to the building that houses the Logwood Basic School.
In the neighbouring parish of Westmoreland, the Whitehouse Fishing Village received a major facelift from employees of Sandals South Coast Hotel and the Sandals Foundation, which saw the facility being painted for the first time since it was constructed in 1999.
Chief regional fisheries instructor in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Howard Bromfield, who was among the volunteers participating in the activities at the fishing village, expressed his gratitude to Sandals for the facelift.
“The complex was built by the Japanese under a grant in 1999. Because of the Japanese custom they did not paint the place because they say painting hides shoddy work, but we are thankful for the facelift,” said Bromfield.
Apart from the painting of the main buildings, the two main gear sheds, gas house and the fisheries office were also painted yesterday.
Also in Westmoreland, where more than 30 projects were registered, a ramp was built at the Little London Post Office, and the grounds of the facility paved.
In St James, the Type Five Health Centre and Lethe Primary and Infant received major facelifts, carried out by the St James Municipal Corporation with assistance from members of the Jamaica Defence Force and other stakeholders.
The Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, meanwhile, joined forces with staff members of the Cornwall Regional Hospital to paint the exterior walls of the building known as the ‘quadron’, which is used for the accommodation of nursing staff. It currently houses some patients.
The building that houses the recently opened Flanker Training Institute was also painted by residents and members of the Jamaica Defence Force.