Sunday 15 September, 2019

Labour Day project registration numbers over 700 and counting - Grange

A trio of ladies on the job at a previous Labour Day project.

A trio of ladies on the job at a previous Labour Day project.

More than 700 projects have been registered for Labour Day which is being observed on Thursday, according to Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Olivia Grange.

The minister said the early preparations for Labour Day have gone well, and she expects that Jamaicans will volunteer in their numbers at hundreds of projects across the island on Thursday.

“More than 700 projects have already been registered with the National Labour Day Secretariat.  We’re still receiving registration forms, so we expect the number to increase,” said Minister Grange on Wednesday afternoon as preparatory works at national project sites were under way. Those preparatory works have included site clearance and transportation of materials and equipment.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange (left), converses with Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Denzil Thorpe and National Labour Day Activities Co-ordinator in the ministry, Pat Amos, during a Workers' Week/Labour Day Planning Committee meeting at Jamaica House last month.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is to lead the main national project at Papine High School in Eastern St Andrew.

The other national projects are at Fair Prospect Primary School in Portland, Holland Primary School in St Elizabeth, and Barrett Town All-Age and John Rollins Primary School in St James.

This year, the theme for Labour Day is ‘Child Safety… it’s you, it’s me, it’s all ah we!’

Minister Grange is encouraging Jamaicans to focus on projects aimed at keeping children safe in their communities, schools and on the roads.

Labour Day activities will culminate with a Praise and Worship concert at Emancipation Park, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The concert is to feature Jermaine Edwards, Chozenn, Sista Patt and Wayne Marshall, among others. Admission to the event will be free.

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