GG Says Jamaicans Need to Show Same Fervour as for Olympics

Photo: Rudranath Fraser Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (left), interacts with recipients of the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards for the County of Surrey, at a ceremony held on August 25 at the Whispering Bamboo Cove Resort, in St. Thomas. From second left are Danielle Stiebel, Krystal Lofters, and Joylene Griffiths Irving.

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  • Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says that for the country to achieve continued success, the people need to show the same fervour as they did in cheering the country’s athletes at the Olympic Games.
  • “It is this fervent sense of national pride and effort that we must pack into everything that we do, in order to make Jamaica succeed, on and off the track,” the Governor-General said.
  • He added that just as the athletes have made Jamaica proud by successfully passing the baton in the Men’s 4x100 metre relay, “so too we are responsible for passing on a baton of virtue and service to our next generation”.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says that for the country to achieve continued success, the people need to show the same fervour as they did in cheering the country’s athletes at the Olympic Games.

Delivering the keynote address at the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards (GGAA), for the County of Surrey, held on August 25 at the Whispering Bamboo Cove Resort, in St. Thomas, he said all must be passionate about Jamaica’s development.

“It is this fervent sense of national pride and effort that we must pack into everything that we do, in order to make Jamaica succeed, on and off the track,” the Governor-General told the audience.

He added that just as the athletes have made Jamaica proud by successfully passing the baton in the Men’s 4×100 metre relay, “so too we are responsible for passing on a baton of virtue and service to our next generation”.

The event, which was the last in the series, saw 11 persons being recognised for community service. Some 37 Jamaicans have received the GGAA this year.

“All are known for making bold strides to improve, not just themselves, but their communities,” the Governor-General said.

He said the awardees were chosen because they spent time to build their country in various undertakings, and their achievements clearly demonstrate that the vision of the late former Governor-General, Sir Howard Cooke, who established the award scheme 25 years ago, has been realised.

According to the Governor-General, the work of those honoured also reflected that “we can fix what is wrong with our country, with what will build up, and what will strengthen us”.

He underscored that while the awardees would have had their own personal challenges and disappointments, they were not disheartened. “Instead, they redirected negative impulses into positive and unstoppable determination,” he added.

Awardee Joylene Griffiths Irving told JIS News that she was “very grateful” for the honour, and it will be a drive for her to continue, as it is “very important to bring hope and inspiration, particularly to young people”.

Another awardee, Hubert Grant, said he was “deeply moved” by the recognition of his contribution to nation-building.

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