Colbeck Castle Heritage Park and Gardens is poised to become a vital link in St. Catherine parish Heritage tourism ventures, as the OHDAC executives continue to instill cultural pride in the residents of approximately 60 districts of Old Harbour District Associarion who flock the annual event. Randy Finnikin, project officer, ODHAC said: “Old Harbour has been abuzz with anticipation for the Emancipendence event. It will be a day to reflect and to celebrate, so we are inviting the entire family to come and have a great time, while contributing to the development and preservation of our most prominent historic green space.” The proceeds from the Emancipendence Family and Food Fest will go towards purchasing park furnishings such as gazebos and benches, fencing the property as well as beautification of the surroundings. “We want to ensure that we preserve the park and ensure that it develops to benefit the community and visitors,” Finnikin noted. The event will run from 9:00 am - 6:30 pm; tickets cost $200 pre-sold and $300 at the gate. Contributors to date include Netcom Computers, Spring Village Development Foundation and Kaluga Group of Companies. Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Click this link and FOLLOW US ON TWITTER
It is the biggest donation yet by the UK chapter of this Diaspora body of predominantly expats who also contribute monetarily on a monthly basis to assist with paying staff and managing the facility which forms part of the Spring Village Development Foundation. Since the clinic opened its doors to the community, keeping its doors open remains a continuous challenge said Randy Finnikin, executive director of the foundation. “It’s a welcome one because sustaining this health and wellness centre is a big problem. We have no support other than support that is mobilized by the foundation. The (Spring Village Homecoming) UK Chapter’s contribution is big because most of what they’ve contributed is consumables and that goes very fast. This will certainly help with the sustainability issues that we have right now,” Finnikin told Old Harbour News. “It cost us roughly £600 to £700 and that includes shipping,” said Banton following the presentation. “When we giving to the community we giving back to ourselves basically because we are a part of this community. This community is us. This is where we are from so whatever we’re doing we are doing it for ourselves. So it gives us a sense of pride, a sense of achievement and makes us feel really, really proud… and our endeavour is to continue to build the community.” It was heartwarming listening to Nurse Simms, Banton added before urging others to give back to the community. “I am pleased that we have been able to facilitate so that her job can be a little bit easier and do a better job in the sense that more people will be reached, there’ll be more supplies for individuals who really need it,” she said. “We are an inclusive group, so anybody who wants to be a part of this endeavour is welcome. You don’t have to be specifically from Spring Village to be part of what we are doing. It’s not exclusive.” Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
Financial and other contributions towards the Labour Day activities, he said, came from Bruce Donaldson and family of Old Harbour Estates, Rev Saunderson and family, Sunbeam Children's Home, Spring Village Development Foundation, Colbeck Citizens Association, The Colbeck Castle Heritage Park & Gardens Management Committee, Old Harbour Heart VTC, OHDAC and a host of individuals. While the project is open for investment no investor has come forward to date, Finnikin noted. But the committee has decided to utilize the services of the experienced Colin McDonald who will operate as chief executive officer (CEO) of the project. McDonald, a member of the management committee, is tasked with seeking investors to raise capital for the project from which he will be paid an agreed sum. In the meantime, Finnikin said the committee will be implementing a community share ownership plan (CSOP), “a local funding vehicle”, where individuals or groups can invest in the start-up of the park. “They can invest in park furniture ($6,000 - $25,000) Gazebos, ($50,000 - $150,000) restrooms, plants, jogging trail, lawn care equipment etc. For park furnishings persons, families/entities will have their names inscribed to mark their investment in the park,” he explained. He said the committee intends to make the "Emancipendence" Family & Food Fest an annual affair. CLICK here to LIKE OLD HARBOUR NEWS ON FACEBOOK
“I love my people but I also believe that God has placed me here in Old Harbour, just like how he placed Adam in the Garden of Eden to tend to it. I have a drive to see Old Harbour and its people achieve its full potential. I am amazed by the level of giftedness, the level of resources that is in Old Harbour and I am convinced that Old Harbour can be the next, not just tourist attraction, but be the first compliant town in Jamaica by 2030. “This is most special because when one is attempting to do the things that I am doing, if it doesn’t get the approval from the people you want to serve then it can be futile. “I feel the love of the Old Harbour people, I am appreciated… and to have chosen me to be awarded is an important achievement to me and it just served to encourage me to go on to greater things,” Finnikin told Old Harbour News. Guest speaker at the function Lynton Weir, principal of Old Harbour High School, urged the awardees to “not rest on their success but to strive towards higher goals”. “Mr. Randy Finnikin and Mr. Phillip ‘Danny’ Bunting your achievement in the realm of leadership, community service and character are being honoured here this evening. Each of these characteristics is the sum of many individual decisions, they embodied a positive attitude backed by purpose,” said Weir, who also lauded the sport programmes in high schools.