JAM | May 18, 2023

Friends of Falmouth Symposium to open in New York to discuss the Trelawny capital

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Alsion Roach Wilson

Jamaica’s Consul General to New York, Alsion Wilson, will open the Friends of Falmouth (FOF) Symposium and Brunch, on Saturday (May 27) in Brooklyn, New York.

The symposium, which is also a fundraiser, seeks to discuss with the mayor, councilors, and agencies the current conditions and how best (FOF) members and friends can partner with them to address the burning issues affecting the capital of Hanover.

This year, the proceeds from the event will benefit the Falmouth Infant School, which the Friends of Falmouth organisation has adopted as part of its portfolio of projects in the town.

It has helped to mold us into who we are today – so this is our way of giving back.

Michael A. Wattkis, president of Friends of Falmouth

Michael A. Wattkis, president of Friends of Falmouth, explained, “Many of us in the Trelawny Diaspora have passed through this Infant school we affectionately call ‘Pond School.’ It has helped to mold us into who we are today – so this is our way of giving back.”

Elaborating, he said the Symposium and Brunch will bring together residents of Falmouth who are now living in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut tri-state area and beyond, with a view to updating them on the myriad of business, economic and cultural developments, and opportunities in the Trelawny capital.

Friends of Falmouth is a New York-based non-profit whose major focus is to champion the rich cultural heritage of the historic town and advocating sustainable economic and social developments in the town.

Mayor of Falmouth Collen Gager

Wattkis added that one of the goals of Friends of Falmouth is to keep members and supporters updated on historic Falmouth and how the town is evolving as one of the fastest growing in Jamaica.

Over the past 10-15 years Falmouth has seen many changes and developments, including the town becoming the port of call for some of the world’s largest cruise liners.

“I am pleased that Falmouth’s Mayor, Colin Gager will be one of our main speakers and will lead a seven-man delegation, including two former mayors, Councilors Garth Wilkinson and Fred Bartley,” Wattkis said.

Aerial view of the Falmouth port in Trelawny, Jamaica. (Photo: Derek Hatfield for Creative Commons)

On National Teachers’ Day, the organisation treated teachers to lunch as a show of appreciation for their hard work and commitment to the children of Falmouth.

The Symposium and Brunch is part of the annual Trelawny Reunion Weekend which sees thousands of Trelawnyites living in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe, descend on New York for a host of events.

The events include, ‘Trelawny We Come From All White Party’; William Knibb High School Alumni Annual Memorial Day BBQ, the FOF welcome party, and Trelawny Reunion party and lyme.

To compliment the Symposium and Brunch, Friends of Falmouth has also launched a mega fundraising raffle where the grand prize is a seven-night stay for two at the all-inclusive Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa.

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