Over 500 children from childcare and protective institutions in the corporate area were treated by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) to a fun-filled day at the 31st staging of the Hellshire Summer Fun, which was held at Fort Clarence Beach in Hellshire on July 28, 2011.
This year nine institutions were treated at the event including Glenhope Place of Safety, Early Stimulation Project, My Father’s House, St. Andrew Hostel, Best Care Lodge Reddies Place of Safety, The Nest, Maxfield Park Children’s Home and Walkers Place of Safety.
Speaking at the event Stephanie Mckenzie-Hinds, Supervisor, Walkers Place of Safety said, “Hellshire Summer Fun has had a positive impact on the children over the years. They eagerly anticipate the event every year and after its conclusion, they share their experiences and reminisce on the day’s activities”. She further added “We would like to thank the UDC and all the sponsors who have opted to make these children their priority for the past 31 summers”.
Annette Phillpots, Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager, Scotia Investment, one of the sponors who supported the event said “the Scotia group has always been very big on volunteerism and we are always seeking ways to give back to Jamaica and this project is certainly a worthwhile project, so partnering with the UDC was like the easiest thing to do to help these children”.
This year, the Corporation collaborated with several private sector companies to sponsor this event. These companies included Scotia Investments, CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, Main Event Entertainment Ltd, Best Dressed Chicken, Reggae Jammin Chicken Frankfurters, NEM Insurance, Pepsi-Cola Jamaica and Megamart.
This year, first time sponsors of the event, Reggae Jammins were on location, distributing hot dogs to the children. Hellshire Summer Fun is an outreach programme of the UDC which targets children from childcare and protective institutions in the corporate area, providing a recreational opportunity for many who otherwise would not have had this experience.