Friends of Trelawny Association Hosts 44th Annual Reunion Picnic

Friends of Trelawny Association Hosts 44th Annual Reunion Picnic

Photos courtesy: Friends of Trelawny Association

Rockland Lake State Park, Rockland County, New York — On Sunday, May 26, the Friends of Trelawny Association (FOTA) celebrated its 44th annual reunion picnic at Rockland Lake State Park. The event attracted over 5,000 attendees from across the United States, Canada, the UK, and Jamaica, marking a significant milestone in FOTA’s community engagement and support history, the largest gathering since its inception.

The picnic was a vibrant gathering featuring an array of cultural music and traditional Jamaican cuisine, providing an opportunity for attendees to reconnect with their roots and each other. The event also served as a platform for FOTA to showcase its ongoing efforts to support the parish of Trelawny through various initiatives.

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Norman Goburn, President of FOTA, expressed his gratitude and shared the organization’s mission in his opening remarks. “At Friends of Trelawny Association, we strive to provide significant resources to Trelawny through ideas, financial, and voluntary support. Our goal is to work in concert with related organizations worldwide, building collaborative strategies to identify and address Trelawny’s most essential issues. We are dedicated to developing, maintaining, and promoting issues related to social and economic activities in the parish of Trelawny.”

FOTA is comprised of dedicated individuals who are passionate about making a difference in the world. Everyone at FOTA is committed to the mission and the people they serve, from volunteers to board members. The annual reunion picnic is not just a celebration but also a testament to the collective effort and commitment of the FOTA community.

Attendees at the picnic shared their positive experiences and the impact of FOTA’s work. “This picnic is more than just a social gathering; it’s a celebration of our heritage and a reminder of the importance of community support,” said longtime patron Lisa Thompson.

Association looked ahead with optimism, ready to tackle new challenges and seize opportunities to further their mission.

“FOTA’s initiatives have made a real difference in Trelawny, and seeing so many people come together for this cause is heartwarming.” Another attendee, Michael Johnson, highlighted the importance of FOTA’s efforts. “I’ve been attending this event for years, and each time it gets better. FOTA’s dedication to Trelawny is inspiring, and their projects have brought about significant change. It’s wonderful to see an organization that truly cares.”

His Worship, the Mayor of Falmouth, Colin Gager, in his message, said, “I wholeheartedly support the celebrations geared towards promoting the heritage of the parish of Trelawny in bringing parishioners together, as well as to raise funds to help facilitate the development of the parish, and Jamaica as a whole. It is because of this commitment that Trelawny continues to

The event underscored the importance of unity and the powerful impact of collective action. FOTA continues to champion initiatives that foster development and support in Trelawny, ensuring that the needs of the community are met through targeted programs, meaningful contributions, and activities from our New York and local chapters.

As the day concluded with joyful celebrations and renewed connections, the Friends of Trelawny Association looked ahead with optimism, ready to tackle new challenges and seize opportunities to further their mission. For more information about the Friends of Trelawny Association and how you can get involved, please visit our website at or contact us at

Best Regards,
Dr. Rose Ann Green
Public Relations Director

C/O Norman Goburn, President

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