New Fortress brings Christmas cheer to over 3,000 children

Monday, December 24, 2018

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New Fortress Energy has been busy bringing the joys of Christmas to more than 3,000 children and their families in communities where it has its operations.

Two massive Christmas treats were recently held in Old Harbour Bay and Halse Hall, respectively, for over 2,000 children and their families. Food, fun, music, rides, face painting and balloon animals were among the activities that helped create a memorable and fun-filled day for children at each treat.

Of course, no Christmas treat would be complete without toys, so the company ensured that every boy and girl received a toy from Santa Claus before they went home.

“Christmas is a big deal that kids look forward to every year — the fun, frolic, toys and just the feel-good spirit that come with the season — and we're delighted to be able to celebrate with these children and their families in this special way at such a wonderful time of year,” a company release quotes Verona Carter, vice-president, public affairs.

Meanwhile, in the spirit of connecting with the communities in Montego Bay — where it first started operations in Jamaica two years ago, New Fortress Energy partnered with the St James Municipal Corporation as the main sponsor to host the much-anticipated Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, December 16.

A staple on the annual western calendar, the event attracted thousands of excited children and their families who witnessed the lights on the spectacular Christmas tree, in the centre of the busy and historic Sam Sharpe Square, being turned on by Carter, Mayor Homer Davis, St James Custos Bishop Conrad Pitkins, and other corporate partners.

New Fortress also provided toys for 1,000 children in Montego Bay communities.

“We at New Fortress Energy understand and appreciate that this annual Christmas tree lighting is indeed an integral part of the city and community culture that mark the start of the festive season; and so on behalf of our chairman and founder Wes Edens, I'm thrilled to officially kick off the Christmas season with you right here in Montego Bay where we started two years ago,” Carter said,

New Fortress Energy first started Jamaica's transition to natural gas with its state-of-the-art liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Montego Bay that converted the JPS 120-megawatt Bogue power plant from diesel to natural gas and provides LNG to local partners like Red Stripe.

The company is also developing the 94-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant at Jamalco in Halse Hall, Clarendon, and recently completed its offshore LNG regasification terminal to provide natural gas to JPS' new 190-megawatt power plant in Old Harbour Bay.

“As we've said, New Fortress Energy is here for the long haul, and we're committed to connecting with the communities in which we operate and be a catalyst to drive economic and social development by giving back to these communities and helping them become meaningful contributors to the overall socio-economic growth agenda of the country,” Carter said.

The company said that since the start of the year it has invested over $60 million in building and uplifting communities in which it has its operations. Some of these initiatives include hosting back-to-school treats and community fairs, building community centres and outfitting them with lifestyle equipment so young people and unattached youths can gain skills; awarding scholarships to ensure that the brilliant young minds who will be the next generation of workforce and national leaders have a fair chance at completing their education.

In addition, the company has helped children affected by child abuse through school programmes with RISE Life, and has supported and nurtured business acumen and entrepreneurship in students through Junior Achievement Jamaica.

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