American Couple Donates US$50,000 To Community Roadway
Photo shows.. USA couple Robert and Chelsea Pearson, cutting the ribbon to the newly paved roadway in Blacks Bay, Belmont Westmoreland, which they financed at the tune of over Jamaican $7,000,000 , the couple is seen here being flocked by Principal Of the Bluefields Basic School, Joy Baker (at left) and Member of Parliament for Eastern Westmoreland, Luthur Buchanan, Council Valence Gifford and other members of the Bluefields Environmental and Protection Association (at right) .
BELMONT RESIDENTS SAY THANKS TO AMERICAN COUPLE WHO DONATED US$50,000 TO CONSTRUCTION OF COMMUNITY ROADWAY
By the Jamaican
There were waves of thank you showering down on Robert and Chelsea Pearson, the American couple who made it possible for residents in Blacks Bay, Belmont district, Westmoreland, to now be able to walk, run, and drive, on their newly paved community roadway.
Hundreds of community members, including children, turned up at the Belmont Basic School, in Belmont, Westmoreland, for the recent launch of their newly constructed roadway.
The newly paved road which stretches over half of a mile, from the Belmont main road, into the heart of the Blacks Bay community, as now being renamed "Pearson Lane" in honour of the generous couple.
Robert and Chelsea Pearson, told our news team that they came to Jamaica right after getting married three years ago, and they fell in love with the community of Belmont.
"We came on our vacation, and immediately we got drawn to the community of Belmont, and the residents of Blacks Bay," the couple said.
"We then saw the need of the residents in area, and we then pledged to assist in every, and any way, we could."
"Upon returning back home to the USA, we were contacted by the Bluefields Environmental and Protection Association, asking if we were interested in being a part of constructing this piece of roadway, that also leads directly to the Bluefields Basic School.
We decided that this was part of our dream, and immediately pledged a cash donation of US$50,000."
Member of Parliament for Eastern Westmoreland, Luthur Buchanan, was also present at the unveiling of the newly constructed stretch of roadway.
He speedily commended the couple, while relating that, this is a very joyful moments, especially for the school community.
"You know it is said that the road to development, is roads, and it is also said the best vehicle to transform a nation, is education, and we are standing at the entrance of the Bluefields Basic School, on newly paved road, and for this, we thank this generous couple", the member of Parliament stated.
Mrs Joy Baker, principal of the Bluefields Basic School, also voiced her gratitude the generous couple.
She told us that, this stretch of roadway will not only serve the community well, but is also a blessing to each and every student.
"The stretch of road have been in a deplorable condition over the past years, especially when it rains. Due to the vast amount of mud, parents were forced to purchase water boots for their children, and some would even resort to tying plastic bags around their shoe, to avoid them getting covered in mud."
"All this is now behind us. " the over joyed principal stated. "And thanks to the Pearson's, we are now long past those days."
Councillor Valence Gifford, also shared in the moment of gratitude, and he was among the first to express his sincere thanks to the couple, for their multi million upgrading of his Division.
The golden couple unveiling the Pearson Lane sign, (formally Blacks Bay main road) which was Re named in their honour.
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