Photos: Mustard Seed Mobay gifted a day of play
MC of the Kids’ Village, Soyini Phillips, delights in a game of “Ring a Ring o' Roses” with the kids.
The sweet sounds of music and laughter blended harmoniously in one special area at the Rainforest Seafood Festival held at Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay on Ash Wednesday.
Thanks to the National Bakery Kiddies Village there was an assortment of entertainment for children making it a kid's inclusive event.
Among all children playing were 28 specially invited guests from the Montego Bay Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) children’s home who were excited to experience a new, fun-filled environment for the holiday.
As part of its resolve to nation-building and youth development, the National Baking Company Foundation has for almost 40 years partnered with the Mustard Seed Communities by way of renewable grants and consistent project funding. On this occasion, the kid’s village simply provided a chance to have the children from MSC delight in a larger-than-life play experience as part of the Ash Wednesday festivities.
Mustard Seed Mobay day of play
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“Mustard Seed and National have had a long-standing relationship over the years. The holiday was an opportunity to treat the kids and have them in a new environment where they can play and relax,” remarked Promotions Coordinator at National, Stacy-Ann Neilson,
Guided by their caretakers, they engaged in activities such as car rides, slides, rock climbing, zip-lining, jumping in bounce houses and playing with costumed characters. To make the experience even more interactive, master of ceremonies of the village, Soyini Phillips, played games such as ‘Simon Says’ and sang Sunday School hymns with them.
One of the eight caretakers present, Vanessa Dobson, expressed, “It’s good for the kids because they get to interact with other kids, they get to have fun, see how other kids react in an open crowd and open spaces. So they really enjoy coming out to the festival. We’d like to thank National for inviting us. We really appreciate it and thank you so much.”
Along with Mustard Seed Communities, the National Baking Company Foundation has contributed to close to 30 charitable organisations including Alpha Boys Home, Maxfield Park Children’s Home, Food for the Poor, SOS Children’s Village, Missionaries for the Poor, Salvation Army, Jamaica Aids Support and Bustamante Hospital for Children, along with various schools across the island.