Cruis­ing with a pur­pose

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT - —Richard John­son

For the past four years the ocho rios Branch Li­brary in St Ann has been the re­cip­i­ent of books from the pas­sen­gers aboard the Wel­come To Jam­rock reg­gae Cruise or­gan­ised by Damian “Ju­nior Gong” Mar­ley. This year was no dif­fer­ent.

Third World front­man Stephen “Cat” Coore rep­re­sented the Mar­ley fam­ily at the pre­sen­ta­tion when the cruise docked at the re­sort town on Mon­day. He noted that even in this elec­tronic age books were still an im­por­tant con­trib­u­tor to the de­vel­op­ment of young minds and must there­fore be en­cour­aged.

“In this day and age every­body is on their phones , but we are en­cour­ag­ing all the kids to read as much as you can. There are tons of books which are be­ing do­nated to you guys and it’s a plea­sure to be do­nat­ing these books to you guys. You are the fu­ture of this coun­try , ev­ery­thing is in your hands, so make sure you don’t joke around, study your books and be good peo­ple be­cause that’s what the world needs now… good peo­ple,” Coore told the gath­er­ing which in­cluded stu­dents from the Ocho Rios Pri­mary and Milford Ba­sic Schools.

In her re­sponse, re­gional di­rec­tior of the Ja­maica Li­brary Ser­vice’s Re­gion 3, Mar­lene Walker noted that over the years the li­brary has been the ben­e­fi­ciary of more than 800 books from the Mar­ley­or­gan­ised cruise.

“I thank the or­gan­is­ers of the Wel­come To Jam­rock Cruise for your gen­er­ous do­na­tion of books. The Ja­maica Li­brary Ser­vice wel­comes do­na­tions of this na­ture as the li­brary is the ideal in­sti­tu­tion to in­cul­cate the love of read­ing and hand in hand we can reach our ob­jec­tive of en­cour­ag­ing every­one to read. You have made a real dif­fer­ence in the lives of the chil­dren we serve,” she noted.

The Al­pha In­sti­tute lo­cated in the Cor­po­rate Area will also ben­e­fit from the book drive.

The Wel­come To Jam­rock Reg­gae Cruise is in its fifth year. More than 3000 pas­sen­gers boarded the ves­sel the In­de­pen­dence of the Seas in Fort Laud­erdale, Florida last Satur­day. The cruise made two stops in Ja­maica, Ocho Rios and Fal­mouth, be­fore re­turn­ing to Florida yes­ter­day. Among the acts who per­formed on this year’s cruise were the Mar­ley Brothers — Ziggy, Ju­lian Stephen and Damian — Tar­rus Ri­ley, Queen Ifrica, Bounty Killer, Jesse Royal and Jah Cure.

(KARL MCLARTY)

Third World’s Stephen “Cat” Coore did the hand­shakes as he presented the books do­nated by pas­sen­gers on the Wel­come to Jam­rock Reg­gae Cruise. Rep­re­sent­ing the ja­maica Li­brary ser­vice were (from left) Mer­lene walker, re­gional director, Jaque­line Smart. se­nior li­brar­ian - St Ann Parish Li­brary net­work and Ann Ste­wart, li­brar­ian - Ocho Rios Branch Li­brary.

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