New Fortress builds bonds with communities via back-to-school treats
Verona Carter, VP, Public Affairs for New Fortress Energy, with students at last week's back to school fair in Old Harbour Bay, Clarendon. (PHOTOS: Ramon Lindsay)
New Fortress Energy held a back-to-school treat at the Old Harbour Bay Community Centre on Thursday and feted children from the surrounding schools with fun-filled activities while also assisting with medical checkups.
The children were drawn from Old Harbour Bay Primary, Marlie Mount Primary and Infant, Old Harbour Primary and Davis Primary schools. They were supplied with book vouchers of $6,000 or $8,000, as well as school bags.
During the course of the day, a medical doctor and a dentist examined the children, while they were also able to get themselves groomed for the start of the school year in early September.
They were also given the opportunity to frolic and have fun amongst themselves with rides and bounce about that kept them occupied throughout the course of the afternoon.
According to Verona Carter, Vice President of Public Affairs at New Fortress, the treat was a part of the company’s corporate social responsibility within the three areas that it operates. A total of 1,000 students were treated at fairs in Old Harbour Bay, Montego Bay and Clarendon last week.
She said that New Fortress worked with schools and leaders within the community to establish the children to get the assistance, using grades from the previous year, as well as social situation.
Carter said, “we want to build strong and powerful partnerships within the communities that we operate in and we are really in this for the long haul. It is not just for today. So right throughout our company, we are fully committed.
“We are committed to helping you the students in the communities to reach their highest potential. In our books, every child deserves the opportunity to learn and grow. But in order for them to do so, we understand that they must have access to the right resources and that is what our back-to-school fair is all about,” Carter said.
Councilor Claude Hamilton, speaking on behalf of Mayor of Spanish Town Norman Scott, said that New Fortress was showing good corporate social responsibility, by not only investing in the “corporate layout of the country but also in the human capital, especially starting with the young ones”.
New Fortress Back to School Treat 2018
President of the St Catherine Lay Magistrate Association, Florizel Allen, who represented Custos of St Catherine, Jeffrey McKenzie, told the gathering that New Fortress’ fair is building partnerships with the community through education, which will help to grow Jamaica’s economy.