The refurbished Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce Resource Centre was officially opened to residents of Waterhouse at a handover ceremony held Tuesday. More than 400 young people will benefit from the centre that was improved at a cost of J$5.7 million courtesy of the Digicel Foundation.
The facility will offer skills training for young people that will include baking and pastry-making, information technology and sewing. There is also a multi-purpose court for basketball and netball.
Digicel Jamaica’s CEO Justin Morin said that the company was delighted to be a part of such a significant moment in the community’s history.
“This is a proud moment when you can see the results of the hard work that we put in and all the work that has gone into the Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce Resource Centre. Our ambassador, Shelly-Ann, as you know, grew up in this community and attended the very famous Penwood Church of Christ,” he said.
“She was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to use her talents to become among the best in the world in track and field and with this centre, aptly named after her, we want to provide a training ground for the Waterhouse community where the youths are given the tool to hone talents, pursue their own interests and to grow and become the best they can be in their own space.”
Manager of the Resource Centre Elder Raphael Walker expressed appreciation for the upgrading work, pointing to the dilapidated state of the building before the Digicel Foundation’s timely intervention.
“We feel very good about it. I am happy that Digicel has come on board,” Walker noted.
The renovations included a new paint job, the addition of bathrooms, installation of new tiles and dry-wall partitions, an overhaul of the electricals and the extension of the multi-purpose court.
Fraser-Pryce thanked the family of the late Pastor Hugh Senior, one of the pioneers of the project, for attending and dedicated the opening of the resource centre to the late pastor.
She also thanked Digicel for their involvement and encouraged the community to take full advantage of the opportunities at hand.
“It takes cash to care and so I thank God for Digicel. I implore the members of our community to treat it like theirs because it is their home,” she said.
The refurbished Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce Resource Centre is the latest of 1,174 social outreach projects funded by Digicel Foundation over the past 13 years across the island.