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Carnival renovates Jamaica pediatric hospital learning center

Carnival Horizon crew members work to beautify the garden at the Pediatric Ward Learning Centre of St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital
Carnival Cruise Line renovated the Pediatric Ward Learning Centre of St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital in St. Ann, Jamaica.

Carnival provided volunteers and donated items as part of the hospital’s Labour Day Volunteer Project. A group of 20 Carnival Horizon crew members spent the day cleaning up, painting and making repairs in the Learning Centre. They also read to children being treated in the Pediatric Ward, helping brighten their day.

More than 50 years of calls at Jamaica

'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,' Carnival President Christine Duffy said. '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 Bay Regional Hospital serves a population of approximately 360,000 in the parishes of Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann. The Learning Centre offers children in the pediatric ward the opportunity to read and participate in other educational activities, providing respite from their treatment and continuing their learning while they’re away from school.

'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,' said Dennis Morgan, CEO of St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital.

American Friends of Jamaica and Chukka Caribbean Adventures

Carnival amplified the with American Friends of Jamaica, the cruise line’s foundation partner for charitable initiatives in Jamaica. Longtime nature adventure tour operator Chukka Caribbean Adventures also assisted, donating supplies and providing on-the-ground support for the project.