SDC joins force with March Pen for sports, entertainment fair
The event was an effort by members of the community to highlight the peace that has reigned for the past eight years, while enabling outsiders to see what it has to offer, with the SDC providing the support needed. (Photo: Marlon Reid)
The Social Development Commission (SDC) recently joined residents of March Pen Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine, to stage the March Pen Sports and Entertainment Flair/Social Fair at the community centre.
The event was an effort by members of the community to highlight the peace that has reigned for the past eight years, while enabling outsiders to see what it has to offer, with the SDC providing the support needed.
It also gave individuals in the various areas of the March Pen Road community, an opportunity to access many of the government agencies and services that they would have had to travel to get. Corporate entities also assisted.
Among the entities that took part in the day’s activities were: Registrar General Department, Courts Optical, Heart Trust and Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).
Netball and competitions were played throughout the day, to help foster the unity among the different areas of the community, with the winner of each
getting $15,000 and medals, with second and third place teams receiving medals.
Clothing and food items made by members of the March Pen community were also highlighted at stalls, which also gave them an opportunity to earn from their work.
March Pen sports and entertainment fair
See more photos in the gallery from Marlon Reid.
Samuel Heron, Parish Manager for the SDC Greater St Catherine region, said that the help given to the community, is part of a mandate by the entity, to give communities what they need, instead of providing what is believed to be necessary.
Shellice Brown, Community Development Officer of SDC, said, “the communities are now celebrating eight years of peace, so they want that consistency and want persons to know that March Pen is a place that they can come to and it is not as volatile as persons think it is.”
She said that the SDC has been involved in the community over the years by providing assistance for them to govern their affairs, although this was the first time an event of this magnitude was being staged.
According to Brown, among the individuals that the SDC worked with, were those associated with the Local Economic Initiative (LEI), who displayed their products at the stalls, with the fair being just one of the many they have attended.
Designer Lavern Howell, a LEI and operator of Chrissy’s Kids Couture, said, “the help that I get from the SDC has been good as I have gotten exposure from fairs at schools, where I have gotten some customers, as I do PE gears and things like that.”
It was a pleasing first effort for one of the main organisers from the community, Marvin Buckle.
He said, “it was just an effort to bring the community together with areas that were always in conflict. The best way to reach people is through sports, so SDC did a wonderful job with not only the sporting aspect, but they highlighted people in the community, who have skills.”