New Fortress brings toys, Christmas cheer to over 3,000 children
It was bright smiles all around as these excited little ones collected their Christmas presents from New Fortress Energy during a Community Christmas Treat held at the Wembley Community Centre in Halse Hall, Clarendon recently.
With just a few days before Christmas Day, one of the most anticipated and celebrated days of the year, New Fortress Energy, a global leader in energy infrastructure, has been busy bringing the joys and cheers of the season to over 3,000 children and their families across communities in which it operates.
This includes two massive community Christmas treats that were recently held in Old Harbour Bay, St Catherine and Halse Hall in Clarendon for over 2,000 children and their families.
Food, fun music, rides, face painting and balloon animals were just a few of the activities that helped create a memorable and fun-filled day for children at each treat.
And of course, no Christmas treat would be complete without toys, so the company ensured that every boy and girl received a toy from Santa Claus before they went home.
“Christmas is a big deal that kids look forward to every year - the fun, frolic, toys and just the feel-good spirit that comes with the season - and we’re delighted to be able to celebrate with these children and their families in this special way at such a wonderful time of year,” said Verona Carter, VP, Public Affairs for New Fortress Energy.
Custos of Clarendon, William Shagoury (R) and Superintendent Vendolyn Campbell-Powell joined Verona Carter in presenting young Ashley Edwards with her Christmas present during the recently-held Community Christmas Treat in Halse Hall, Clarendon recently.
Meanwhile, in the spirit of connecting with the communities in the second city where it first started its operations in Jamaica two years ago, New Fortress Energy also partnered with the St. James Municipal Corporation as the main sponsor to host the much-anticipated Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, December 16.
A staple on the annual western calendar, thousands of excited children turned out with their families to witness as New Fortress Energy joined Mayor Holmer Davis, Bishop Conrad Pitkins, Custos of St. James and other corporate partners to turn on the lights on the spectacular Christmas tree that sits in the centre of the busy and historic Sam Sharpe Square.
The company also provided toys for one thousand children which they will be handing out in the communities throughout this week along with the Mayor’s office.
During her brief address at the ceremony, Verona Carter said; “We at New Fortress Energy understand and appreciate that this annual Christmas tree lighting is indeed an integral part of the city and community culture that marks the start of the festive season; and so on behalf of our Chairman and Founder, Wes Edens, I’m thrilled to officially kick off the Christmas season with you right here in Montego Bay where we started two years ago.”
Carter continued; “As we’ve said, New Fortress Energy is here for the long haul and we’re committed to connecting with the communities in which we operate and be a catalyst to drive economic and social development by giving back to these communities and helping them become meaningful contributors to the overall socioeconomic growth agenda of the country.”
Since the start of the year, New Fortress Energy has invested over JA$60 million in building and uplifting communities in which it has its operations.
These initiatives include hosting back-to-school treats and community fairs, building community centres and outfitting them with lifestyle equipment so young people and unattached youths can upskill themselves, awarding scholarships, helping children who are affected by child abuse through school programs with RISE Life and supporting and nurturing business acumen and entrepreneurship in students through Junior Achievement Jamaica.
New Fortress Energy first started Jamaica’s transition to natural gas with its state-of-the-art liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Montego Bay that converted the JPS 120-megawatt Bogue power plant from diesel to natural gas and provides LNG to local partners like Red Stripe.
New Fortress Energy is also developing the 94-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant at Jamalco in Halse Hall, Clarendon and our recently completed offshore LNG regasification terminal to provide natural gas to JPS’ new 190-megawatt power plant in Old Harbour Bay.