…M&CC calls on citizens to get on boardTo commemorate Georgetown’s 175th anniversary, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) will facilitate a massive clean-up campaign of the city on August 12, 2018 in and around the Stabroek and Bourda Markets areas.The Council is calling on all corporations, organisations, agencies, groups, and individuals to take part in this exercise, which will include clearing of drains, weeding of parapets, removal of scattered and accumulated refuse from pavements, roadsides and other thoroughfares. Also, trimming and painting of trees and other beautification activities would be undertaken.According to the M&CC, through a statement released on Saturday, it will be providing all cleaning tools and garbage bags to assist those who will be part ofSectors of the Stabroek Market as the clean-up campaign commences.this campaign.The release further noted that street and roadside vending would be permitted on that day in the central business district of the city. The Council is also calling on all store owners to support the campaign and cooperate with its officials to sanitise the areas in which they operate.Corporations and community groups interested in doing their clean-up must make contact with the Solid Waste Department or visit the office of the Town Clerk to register for collection and removal of waste.During last week’s launching of “City Week”, Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green had mentioned that “City Week”, running from August 19-25, would be filled with various activities showcasing the diversity of the city.According to the Mayor, the objective of the initiative is to bring awareness to the citizens of Guyana and to also have every citizen participate in the activities.“We have come a long way from when we were ruled by the Dutch. There were many complaints, for example: about the city flooding as soon as rain falls, so now we have gone from that era and we are now trying to improve in other areas as well,” the Mayor explained.Although bus operators are frustrated by the actions of the M&CC to displace the Route 42 bus park, they are still awaiting word as to whether they will be placed at a different location or they will have to ply their trade on the “hot plate”.On August 19, the day will start with a church service at the St George’s Cathedral followed by an opening ceremony at Stabroek Market Square.Some of the other activities planned include an arts and crafts exhibition on Main Street, a health fair, cocktail reception and a beachfront party at the Guyana Marriott Hotel.It was noted that most of the funding for these activities will be sponsored by several different companies. The “City Week” celebration will be branded and “promoted as a tourist attraction”.
Since 1993, Davis and Hilfiger, whose sister has MS, have helped raise millions of dollars through the annual fundraiser. The money supports Davis’ foundation, whose Nancy Davis Center Without Walls program brings together MS experts to combat the disease that attacks the central nervous system and afflicts about 300,000 Americans and more than 1 million people worldwide. Davis said when she was first diagnosed in 1991, doctors practically gave her a death sentence. She soon learned that many experts were unknowingly doing the same research and started the Without Walls program, bringing together the field’s brightest minds. With the help of the medicine her organization has helped develop, Davis lives a full life. “At the end of the day, everybody gets something,” she said. “Life is a terminal illness. I’ve never met anybody who has got out of it alive.” Hollywood was out in full force Friday night at the 14th annual Race to Erase MS, with organizers expecting $2.5 million to be raised at the gala. Held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Century City, co-chairs Nancy Davis and fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger walked the red carpet with hopes of raising awareness and money for multiple sclerosis treatment and research. This year’s theme, Dance to Erase MS, goes a long way to dispel any myths about the disease, Davis said. “When you first learn you have MS, you think you’re never going to walk again, much less dance,” said Davis, who has the disease. “If you take care of yourself, you can dance forever.” email@example.com (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!