The community centre in Riversdale – not far from Bog Walk in St Catherine, was abuzz with activity on Sunday, October 13, as Member of Parliament for St Catherine North East Leslie Campbell launched his annual corner league and netball competition.
He said the prize money to be distributed is $500,000.
Campbell added that the events are being held to build unity between the communities.
“It is acknowledged that participation in sporting activities is one of the vehicles which is best known to help build relations between communities. To that end, we have, over the last three years, run competitions in football and netball. These programmes will continue this year,” added the parliamentarian, who spent hours socializing with his constituents during the launch of the competitions.
One of the main organizers of the contests, Soren Robinson, echoed the importance of strengthening ties between the communities – some of which are at odds.
“The competition is intended to unite residents so that they can interact with each other, plan and share ideas with each other, and visit the communities that they would not usually go,” Robinson told The Beacon.
He said competitions will unfold on Sundays at Riversdale and Cheesefield simultaneously.
The playoff between Bamboo Ridge and York Street football squads transpired during the launch on Sunday, with York Street advancing after securing a 4-3 win on penalty.
The netball court also came alive during the launch, with various teams – decked out in their respective colours – participating in a rally. They will start competing officially on Sunday.
The grand finals, along with a health fare, is scheduled for Sunday, December 22, at the Cheesefield Community Centre.
The closing event will feature a number of agencies providing crucial social services.
Robinson explained that the agencies were incorporated because some constituents are not in possession of important documents, including birth certificates and national identification cards. He added that people are also being given an opportunity to register for Government’s social welfare programme – PATH.
Here are some of the moments captured on camera during the launch of the competition:
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