The association has however, indicated that it will require the continued support of a broad based coalition of public assistance as they work towards implementing their major community projects, which this year will have some emphasis on the provision of treatment options for persons suffering from renal failure.
Officials of JamKit have described 2011 as a year, though filled with formidable challenges; it also provided many avenues for outreach, in which the association sought to engage. They indicated that from their efforts to assist in improving certain aspects of health care to their ventures in promoting inter-island camaraderie through sport, they have sought to pursue their mandate of making meaningful contributions in service to the community in which they live.
As an Association of Jamaicans and friends of Jamaicans, including partners, living in St Kitts & Nevis, JamKit says it has been happy to expand its network of affiliates, associates, well-wishers and friends, to include a wider array of world citizens living in St. Kitts & Nevis and wishing to make their mark on the country in positive ways.
Guided by their Motto of “Goodwill and Unity through Service”, the association has had the distinct pleasure, said the official, of continuing to work with numerous initiatives that have yielded both tangible and intangible rewards. Among their most memorable experiences of the past year have been the following:
• Annual Salvation Army Kettle Drive, which, despite inclement weather, proceeded in alternate locations around the Federation, and raised funds for projects of the Salvation Army that included outreach for the Christmas period;
• Non-Nationals Domino Tournament, which engaged Caribbean nationals residing in the Federation as well as citizens;
• On-going Raffle, to raise funds for their main project to assist with the provision of health care equipment;
• Community Service Awards presented to stalwarts of the Association and, by extension, the St. Kitts community, Marcia Clarke (posthumous) and Leartize (Lee)
• Celebration of the 90th birthday of the His Excellency, the Governor
• General, Sir Cuthbert M. Sebastian and
• Numerous services of celebration, held at places of worship including the Antioch Baptist Church and the St. George’s Anglican Church.
As the association looks towards the future and 2012 in particular, the official explained that they are doing so against the backdrop that Jamaica enters the year when it will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of political independence and under a new government.
It can be expected therefore, said the JamKit representative, that the association will have even more occasions throughout the year to continue to share the Jamaican culture and history through their Annual Bob Marley/Dennis Brown Birthday Celebrations in February, the Annual Celebrations of Jamaica’s Independence in August and the National Heroes Day Celebrations in October.