On Labour Day, May 23, over 200 volunteers including Board members and staff of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Jamaica National Foundation, the Kiwanis Clubs of Liguanea and North St. Andrew, the University of the West Indies, the National Youth Service, and community members participated in a massive clean-up and beautification of the monumental Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.
The enthusiastic volunteers were out in their numbers from as early as 6: 30 a.m. and begun work which included improvement of landscape, painting of the premises, tree and flower planting and the painting of the parking lot and kerb walls among other activities.
Executive Director of the JCDC, Delroy Gordon said the project was a big success as the objectives established were accomplished. He noted that the Entertainment Complex which houses the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre, “has been given a well needed face lift and the difference is now evident. Our ultimate goal is to transform the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre into a modern state-of-the-art entertainment venue and this has been one more step in that direction. When this is accomplished the Centre will be more marketable and its income stream increased.”
The project was spearheaded by the Ranny Williams Redevelopment Committee, a sub-committee of the JCDC Board of Commissioners. The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre hosts many of the cultural and national events of the JCDC and other important functions and events and will support the JCDC with its mandate of cultural development.