Basseterre, St Kitts 10 January 2012:It is with a sense of singular hope and aspiration that the Jamaican Kittitian (JamKit) Association uses this medium to extend warm words of greeting to the citizens and residents of the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis at this start of another New Year. No more appropriate time can be found than this to pause in reflection, in order to give thanks for the challenges met and accomplishments made over the course of 2011, and to recalibrate for the way forward. God, who has been “Our Help in Ages Past” remains “Our Hope for Years to Come”, and we continue to hold true to His promises of assistance and succour with thanksgiving.
The past twelve months have been formidable for all of us here in the Federation, and have provided many avenues for outreach, in which our Association has sought to engage. From our efforts to assist in improving certain aspects of health care to our ventures in promoting inter-island camaraderie through sport, we have sought to pursue our mandate of making meaningful contributions in service to the community in which we live. As an Association of Jamaicans and friends of Jamaicans, including partners, living in St Kitts & Nevis, JamKit has been pleased to expand our network of affiliates, associates, well-wishers and friends to include a wider array of world citizens living in St. Kitts & Nevis and wishing to make their mark on the country in positive ways.
Still guided by our Motto of “Goodwill and Unity through Service”, our Association has had the distinct pleasure of continuing to work with numerous initiatives that have yielded both tangible and intangible rewards. Among our most memorable experiences of the past year have been the following:
1. Our Annual Salvation Army Kettle Drive which, despite inclement weather, proceeded in alternate locations around the Federation, and raised funds for projects of the Salvation Army that included outreach for the Christmas period;
2. Our Non-Nationals Domino Tournament, which engaged Caribbean nationals residing in the Federation as well as citizens;
3. Our on-going Raffle, to raise funds for our main project to assist with the provision of health care equipment;
4. Our Community Service Awards presented to stalwarts of our Association and, by extension, the St. Kitts community, Marcia Clarke (posthumous) and Leartize (Lee) Graham;
5. Our celebration of the 90th birthday of the His Excellency, the Governor General, Sir Cuthbert M. Sebastian GCMG, OBE, MD, CM, FRCS; and
6. Our numerous services of celebration, held at places of worship including the Antioch Baptist Church and the St. George’s Anglican Church.
We can only hope to be privy to the support of all well-wishers as we undertake our commitments for the New Year. This will be particularly important as we work towards implementing our major community project, which, as alluded to earlier, seeks to assist with the provision of treatment options for persons suffering from renal failure.
As we embark upon 2012, we also do so against the backdrop that Jamaica enters the year when she will celebrate her 50th Anniversary of Political Independence, more so with a new government. It can be expected that our Association will have even more occasions throughout the year to continue to share our Jamaican culture and history through our Annual Bob Marley/Dennis Brown Birthday Celebrations in February, our Annual Celebrations of Jamaica’s Independence in August and our National Heroes Day Celebrations in October. We anticipate that these tastes of our home will continue to positively enrich this, our home away from home.
In closing, let us hope that all will be met with a year that is filled with success amidst trials, faith amidst obstacles, hope amidst distress and joy amidst sorrow. May God continue to richly bless each citizen/resident of the Federation individually and collectively.
Jamaican Kittitian (JamKit) Association
P O Box 1770