Crew members from Carnival Horizon participated in St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital Labour Day Volunteer Project on May 23. 2023. Twenty of Carnival Hotizon’s crew members spent the day cleaning, painting, repairing, and gardening at the Learning Centre before they brightened the day of patients in the Pediatric Ward by reading to them.
“We are proud to have been bringing visitors to Jamaica for more than 50 years, and care deeply about the health and well-being of the community,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “It was our pleasure to make enhancements to St. Ann’s Learning Centre and we hope it will make a lasting difference for all the children treated there.”
St. Ann’s Regional Bay Hospital was built in 1929 and serves about 360,000 people in the parishes of Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann. The Learning Centre is a area of the hospital where children staying in the pediatric ward have the change to continue their education while they are unable to attend school.
“We are so grateful for Carnival’s participation in our Labour Day Volunteer Project,” said Dennis Morgan, CEO of St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital. “Carnival’s improvements will ensure that we can continue to provide critical educational and psychological support for our young patients while they recover at a newly-renovated Learning Centre.”
Carnival arranged the volunteer opportunity with its foundation partner for charitable initiatives in Jamaica, American Friends of Jamaica. In addition, nature adventure tour operator, Chukka Caribbean Adventures, donated supplies and offered support for the project.
“It was our pleasure to partner with Carnival Cruise Line and American Friends of Jamaica to give back to the communities that we work within,” said Marc Melville, CEO of Chukka Adventures. “We thoroughly enjoyed working with the team at St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital on their pediatric ward. The children are our future, and any initiative that contributes to the enhancement of their quality of life is undoubtedly worth it.”
“When businesses unite to help communities, it is a win-win for everyone,” said Wendy Hart, president of American Friends of Jamaica. “We thank Carnival and Chukka for their participation in this Labour Day Volunteer Project, investing their time and resources to help improve the lives of Jamaicans.”
Carnival visits Jamaica year round and visits three ports: Falmouth, Montego Bay, and Ocho Rios. This year the cruise line will make about 100 calls to Jamaica and will bring more than 300,000 guests to the island.