Wednesday 19 September, 2018

JWNF brings its annual Christmas treat to New Yarmouth in Clarendon

Race Course Primary's Ciarah Coleman and Sashauna Williams look through one of the face holes at the inspirational spot to ‘Build our Spirit’ at the JWN Foundation’s annual Christmas treat dubbed ‘FUN-spiration’, at JWN’s New Yarmouth base last week.

Race Course Primary's Ciarah Coleman and Sashauna Williams look through one of the face holes at the inspirational spot to ‘Build our Spirit’ at the JWN Foundation’s annual Christmas treat dubbed ‘FUN-spiration’, at JWN’s New Yarmouth base last week.

The J Wray and Nephew Foundation (JWNF) extended its annual Christmas treat to grade six students of the schools surrounding the company’s New Yarmouth operation in South West Clarendon last week.

It was the first time that the company was having a Christmas treat at New Yarmouth, although it is an annual feature at the entity’s Kingston and St Elizabeth bases.

Nearly 100 children from the Gimmi-mi-Bit and Race Course primary and infant schools enjoyed the treat under the theme ‘FUN-spiration’, owing to its emphasis on fun and inspiration.

The variety of activities included words of inspiration pasted around the venue, face painting, bounce house, games such as musical cheers, music, food and, to top it all off, presents.

Students from Race Course and Gimme-Me-Bit primary and infant schools pose in the bounce house at the JWN Foundation’s annual Christmas treat at JWN’s New Yarmouth base last week.

Noting that the Christmas treat is a continuation of the relationship with JWNF and the New Yarmouth communities, chairman Clement 'Jimmy' Lawrence said: “We started JWN with the scholarships and now we have gone further with the Christmas treat, helping our young ones to ease some of the stress from the hard work they have been putting in for the GSAT challenge that lies ahead, plus enjoying the festivities of this season, in which more emphasis is placed on caring and sharing. When you invest in the children, you are laying the groundwork to build communities.”

Lisa Walters, a teacher at Gimmi-mi-Bit Primary and Infant School, said: "Because we just finished our end-of-term tests, it’s a good venture to get them to lyme, unwind and relax.

"They are enjoying themselves, they are being entertained, and they are entertaining others. So the venture overall is a good one, and I hope that J Wray and Nephew Foundation will continue to do this on a yearly basis."

Walters added that, “The fact that it’s in the Christmas season is a good venture; Christmas is all about giving back, sharing and caring, and JWN Foundation is doing just that.”

Race Course Primary and Infant School teacher, Kayan James-Davy, also endorsed the event.

“It’s a great way for them to socialise and have fun with not only their peers, but children from other schools.

Students from Race Course and Gimme-Me-Bit primary and infant schools play in the bounce house at the JWN Foundation’s annual Christmas treat dubbed ‘FUN-spiration’, at JWN’s New Yarmouth base last week.

“It is a great way for them to de-stress, to have fun, and since we’re coming onto the Christmas season, to show them that the Christmas season is important, to celebrate the birth of Christ, and to spread love, kindness and happiness among our children,” James-Davy said.

“We all love gifts, we all love presents, so it’s really good that the gifts came with the food and everything else, as the gift is the icing on the cake for the children,” she added.

The foundation, which operates under the theme, ‘Transforming lives and communities for a better Jamaica’, was established in 2012, and focuses on developing the areas surrounding J Wray & Nephew’s business operations at Spanish Town Road in Kingston, New Yarmouth in Clarendon, and Appleton Estate in St Elizabeth.