KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The national project for Labour Day 2013 will be on the St Mary Infirmary in Port Maria.
Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, made the announcement at the launch of National Labour and National Workers Week 2013, Monday (May 13), at Jamaica House.
Hanna said that work would be done to upgrade the facility, “so that our infirmed may feel loved, cared for and protected.”
The infirmary houses 81 people 20 of whom are either physically or mentally challenged.
Hanna pointed out that the project will “require many hands” and urged volunteers to assist.
“We will be refurbishing, replanting and replacing. Our work will concentrate around the vegetable garden, recreation room, chapel, kitchen, plant nursery, the poultry and animal stock, among other areas. Additionally, it is our plan to bring young people to groom and entertain the inmates,” she said.
The minister also emphasised the need to lend a hand to the most vulnerable in the society.
“Our focus must therefore be on the disabled, the infirmed, the weak and helpless, those at risk, children and our senior citizens if we are to progress into a viable economy and an equitable society. We have to foster within us a greater love for each other, protecting those in need and caring for those who have served before us,” she said.
National Labour Day and Workers’ Week are being celebrated under the theme: ‘Lend a Hand… Build our Land’. The commemorative activities are being spearheaded under the Ministries of Youth and Culture; Local Government and Community Development; and Labour and Social Security.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller officially launched the event Monday at Jamaica House, where she announced that National Workers Week will be observed from Sunday, May 19 to Thursday, May 23.