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The Community Inclusion Programme (C.I.P) is the outreach arm of the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport. It was organized in the year 2012 and with the purpose of fostering a greater partnership between the College and the surrounding communities.
To facilitate this project, an alliance was formed with the Social Development Commission (SDC), HEART Trust/ NTA and surrounding communities numbering over fourteen (14). The aim was to assist individuals in developing employable skills, getting in the habit of living a healthy lifestyle and seek to unearth sporting talents among unattached youths in these communities. We have had some success in the training of adults, as at the first graduation, over 150 individuals trained in Housekeeping and Level 1 Food Preparation was certified by HEART Trust/NTA. We currently have the second cohort in training.
The C.I.P will be launching out to embrace the sporting needs of the Community. At this time, we have taken on the initiative to have an annual Christmas treat for the Strathmore Gardens Children’s Home that is a little way from the College.
It is our hope that in the near future, we will offer training to community members in all of the major sports. We are also very interested in having youngsters from the age of 8 (males and females) enrolled as we seek to unearth talent and guide individuals to successful careers in sports.
All members of these communities are encouraged to walk and jog on the campus as well as to participate in other sporting and recreational activities. In an effort to streamline these activities, each participant is required to be registered.
Interested parties are asked to contact the College for further details.
The G.C. Foster College is committed to developing a greater level of bond with the community and by extension, the nation and ultimately help in the development of a sound mind in a sound body.
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Amid the crime and violence that the country is facing, some members of the Boys and Girls Production in Annotto Bay, St Mary, have decided to try to help young people deal with their anger through a movie they produced called 'Mother Cry'.
As Tadrea Davis, the director, explains, the 90-minute movie, that a young man finds himself in a gang that has negative impacts on his life and the lives of his family.
It is only through the death of one of his family members that he tries to find a way out.
Davis explains that the movie, which was shot in his hometown of Annotto Bay, will be released on January 5, 2019, and that persons will be able to go to the theatre in the town or the Annotto Bay Primary School to enjoy the local production.
"Here in Annotto Bay, we are trying to get back to the place where we can sit in the theatre we have here and watch a movie as a community, not having to worry about gunshots or any form of bad thing happening to us," Davis said.
He said that people are fearful in Annotto Bay because of killings there, but they want a safer environment for the residents in and around the community, and they think this is a good way to get things going.
Last month, Annotto Bay recorded four murders in less than 48 hours, and this is the issue that Davis said the community is battling.
Overall, St Mary has seen an increase in murders as 32 persons have been killed, compared to 22 at the same time last year.
"We not only want to help youths deal with crime, but also to help with developing the community," he said.
For Davis, it takes people to build and make a community great, and that is the aim of the members of the Boys and Girls Production.
The production group started back in 2007 and is now controlled by Davis, Nicar Clegon, Santana Reid, and Ricardo Cousin.
The production is said to be going strong, and it is projects like these that they use to try bringing people together.
"The community is very supportive of us because they like the peace and they do not like when there is too much shooting. So, we try as best as possible to keep the peace by involving community members and youths in these projects," he said.
P.S. Tadrea Davis is currently enrolled in the Bachelor in Education Programme at the GC Foster College.
Written by: Richard Lynch, GC Foster Media Tech Journalism Club Writer
October is observed as Breast Cancer awareness month and it is celebrated under the theme “Give Hope Save Lives.” On the 12th of October, members of the G. C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport family dedicated the day to the Survivors of Breast Cancer. Cancer, according to the World Health Organization, is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018. From those figures, breast cancer accounted for 2.09 million cases.
This deadly disease starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. The tumor is malignant (cancerous) if the cells can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women, however it is very rare in men.
For years, families around the world have lost their friends and loved ones to Breast cancer leaving them heartbroken, and in pain. As usual, men and women locally are being asked to show support for breast cancer survivors and those battling the disease by wearing pink ribbons or clothing.
Survivors of breast Cancer are encouraged to never give up the fight, for the battle is not for the swift but for who can endure to the end. They are also encouraged to believe that they are stronger, smarter, and twice as beautiful than they ever could imagine.
Our thoughts, prayers, support and care are with those who are suffering from this disease