A Boat Fest and a Crazy Bike Show are among the many activities to take place during the second staging of the Kingston and St. Andrew Homecoming Week, from November 18 to 25.
The two events, organised by the Kingston and St. Andrew Homecoming Development Foundation in collaboration with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, will be held on Sunday, November 25 at the Kingston Waterfront, Ocean Boulevard, commencing at 12:00 noon and ending at 7:00 p.m.
Chairman, Kingston and St. Andrew Development and Homecoming Foundation Limited and Custos of Kingston, Hon. Steadman Fuller, told JIS News that another activity, the Student Motivation and Empowerment Programme, began on October 22, with persons in leadership positions being asked to speak to students from 40 schools within the parish of Kingston and St Andrew.
He said the plan is to expose the students to “things of value and to give motivation, so they know how they should conduct themselves and how they can really live creatively and positively in their communities”
Since the launch of the programme, he said that Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has completed an empowerment session at Pennwood High School in West Central St. Andrew.
“We booked him for one event, but because he did so well, we will see if we can get him to speak to some other students,” he said, adding that former Prime Ministers, including the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; and other distinguished persons in the parish will be asked to speak at these sessions.
Mr. Fuller pointed out that the boat fest will involve more than 50 boats parading the Kingston Harbour from Port Royal to Victoria Pier and then back to Port Royal.
“This is the first time, and we hope it will be an attraction for many persons. We expect to get a big turnout. It is not only for fun, but also for education, so we will have a narrator to speak about the Harbour and on environmental and marine issues,” he said.
He said that boats belonging to the Royal Yacht Club and fisherfolk will participate in the display.
Mr. Fuller said Ocean Boulevard will also be transformed into a ‘Festival Village’, featuring food and craft, a Kiddies Village and exhibitions and demonstrations by the Caribbean Maritime University and the shipping and maritime industries.
“There will also be an entertainment package as well as a music festival showcasing Jamaica’s leading performers,” Mr. Fuller added.
The Chairman said the Homecoming Week will begin with a thanksgiving service on Sunday, November 18 at the Faith Cathedral Deliverance Centre, 104 Waltham Park Road, Kingston.
Pastor of the church, Bishop Herro Blair, will be the main speaker at the service. He said that the Prime Minister and the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen, have been invited to the service.
The Foundation is a not-for-profit non-governmental organisation, established in 2016. It aims to mobilise and encourage Kingston and St Andrew citizens to use the human and financial resources of the two parishes for the development of the economic, educational, cultural and social capacity of the people.
By: E. Hartman Reckord