Top Strik­ers lift domino ti­tle in Can­ter­bury

The Star (Jamaica) - - FEATURE WESTERN STAR - OKOYE HENRY STAR Writer

The So­cial De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (SDC) has been ex­e­cut­ing a se­ries of hu­man­i­tar­ian and out­reach pro­grammes for cit­i­zens liv­ing in the volatile Can­ter­bury com­mu­nity in Mon­tego Bay, St James. The SDC-spon­sored Can­ter­bury Domino Com­pe­ti­tion 2018 is one such ma­jor ini­tia­tive that was con­cluded on the week­end.

The com­pe­ti­tion, which was held in part­ner­ship with the Can­ter­bury Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, was keenly con­tested over seven weeks by teams formed throughout the com­mu­nity among the young and old.

Team Top Strik­ers walked away with top hon­ours, but for the SDC, it was a win for the com­mu­nity.

“We know that Can­ter­bury is known for its past no­to­ri­ous rep­u­ta­tion, mean­ing crime and vi­o­lence be­ing at­tached to the com­mu­nity,” said Olivia Shaw, SDC’s com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer.

“So what we did was re­vi­talise their CDC [com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment com­mitte] and we have got the youths and older folks in­volved. We part­nered with them to ex­e­cute the domino com­pe­ti­tion be­cause we wanted some sort of ac­tiv­ity that would help build ca­ma­raderie among the cit­i­zens,” she added.

Shaw con­tin­ued: “The cit­i­zens are ready to erad­i­cate that stigma that is at­tached to the com­mu­nity. They want per­sons to know that there are good peo­ple here who are not for that. They are for unity and pros­per­ity.”

COM­MU­NITY BLESS­ING

Ever­ald Pow­ell, pres­i­dent of the Can­ter­bury CDC, said that the com­pe­ti­tion, among the other ini­tia­tives planned for Can­ter­bury, has been a bless­ing for the com­mu­nity.

“It was so won­der­ful that SDC came and brought out that won­der­ful domino tour­na­ment, be­cause it was suc­cess­ful,” said Pow­ell.

“Ev­ery­one was en­joy­ing them­selves, even those who weren’t play­ing, and it turned out to be a won­der­ful event. The com­mu­nity sup­ported it and would ask cor­po­rate Mon­tego Bay to come and be a part of the com­mu­nity. Let us or­gan­ise some­thing to de­velop the youths so we can see a bet­ter fu­ture for them. They only need some guid­ance,” he added.

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