June 23rd—Jamaica’s Labour day!

Originally called Empire Day and celebrated on May 24th, Queen Victoria’s birthday, the Jamaican Parliament changed the date and name in 1961 to honor the workers’ uprising of 1938. The rebellion began Jamaica’s movement toward independence and their own political system.

This modern system helps make Great Shape! possible today. Professionals from the Jamaican Ministry of Health work side-by-side with Great Shape! volunteers in the 1000 Smiles program to bring dental health to thousands of Jamaicans.

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