The 2nd staging of the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise made its first charitable donation to the Jamaica Library Service on Tuesday, December 8 during its final stop in Jamaica that day.
The presentation which took place at the Ocho Rios Library in St. Ann saw Julian ‘Juju’ Marley making the presentation on behalf of Jamrock Productions, organizers of the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise.
Students from the Ocho Rios Preparatory and Ocho Rios Primary Schoosl along with officials from the Jamaica Library Service participated in the handover much to Mr. Marley’s pleasure.
“I am happy for the response this initiative has received. These children are the key to our countries country’s success and we hope others will help to encourage students in their learning activities. The cruise got an overwhelming support and it was a great joy to share this happiness and goodwill with the children", Julian Marley expressed.
Already making a significant impact on the tourism industry and making waves as one the most successful reggae cruises bringing in over 2000 passengers. Patrons were encouraged to bring with them children books which would be donated to the library services.
Over 400 books were collected as a response to the call to support literacy in the region.
“We would like to thank you for your generous donation of books to the Jamaica Library Service. There is always a need in our libraries for books and our budgetary allocations are not always enough to support this need”, explained Ms. Merlene Walker, Regional Director for St. Ann Parish Library Network during the presentation.
The Cruise which led by Damian Marley featured performances from some of reggae’s finest to include Ky-Mani Marley, Wayne Marshall, Stephen Marley, Jah Cure, Barrington Levy, Morgan Heritage, Bounty Killer, Tanya Stephens, Popcaan and a host of others.
The two part Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise departed Miami on Monday, November 30 with stops in Montego Bay, Falmouth and Ocho Rios before heading back to Miami on Thursday, December 10.