Digicel Foundation, KSAMC join forces in Labour Day cleanup
Digicel Foundation and Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation team members scrub the floor of the Coronation Market in downtown Kingston on Labour Day. (Photos: Marlon Reid)
Digicel Foundation joined forces with the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) in a deep cleaning exercise at two Kingston landmarks on Labour Day.
The project was part of the foundation's Operation SAFE Mode, aimed at sanitising, advocating, feeding, and enabling Jamaicans in the fight against COVID-19
At Coronation Market, the ground was swept, doused with water from a water truck and scrubbed with brush brooms, while the stalls and structures inside were sprayed with sanitisers.
According to Digicel Foundation CEO, Charmaine Daniels, the Coronation Market project was done in honour of late former Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves.
Public Relations and Communications Manager for Digicel, Elon Parkinson, points to a section of the market during the cleanup exercise.
Delves was at the forefront of rebuilding and remodelling the market after it was destroyed by fire in 2010.
Daniels said the project also helped in solidifying and embracing a love affair that the foundation and company have with the market.
“Colm passed last month and, in honour of Colm, we wanted to do a project that would be meaningful to him. He loved Jamaican music, he loved our culture, he loved our people and this market was very special to him. So we wanted to honour him by coming here and sanitising the market in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office.
“We love this market. This is the heart of the people. A lot of our customers are here. A lot of our customers sell or shop here and so we are very passionate about this market. We are mindful of the coronavirus and as a result of that, we are just trying to ensure that we are keeping the people safe,” Daniels said.
A KSAMC team member uses a power hose to clean the stall area at the Coronation Market.
The Operation SAFE Mode Labour Day activities also put resources in sanitising the Kingston Waterfront, where the Digicel headquarter is located.
For his part, Robert Hill, CEO of KSAMC, said the cleanup and sanitising project was part of the KSAMC’s efforts to help in the COVID-19 fight as well as to enable a clean and friendly environment for Jamaicans in the Kingston redevelopment plans.
“We are continuing our efforts to minimise the spread of COVID-19 across the municipality by sanitising these key areas of convergence for our public. Coronation Market is one such place that continues to see a high volume of persons, both vendors and shoppers alike and persons who are converging throughout the downtown Kingston area. This is a major crosspoint that we have to pay particular attention to,” Hill said.