A total of 5,000 beneficiaries under the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) will benefit from a $1 million donation from chicken producers Caribbean Broilers (CB) Limited.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles, accepted the cheque this morning (December 16) from Managing Director of CB, Mr. Dave Lyn, at a press briefing held at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston. The Ministry will be responsible for disbursing the money, which will be issued in $200 vouchers.
Minister Charles thanked CB for the donation. “I am telling you that we need much more of this. Caribbean Broilers is leading this morning but we don’t need to compete, we just need to contribute,” he stated.
State Minister, Hon. Andrew Gallimore, explained that the money will benefit disabled persons and senior citizens, who are beneficiaries under PATH.
“These are persons, who are in the most genuine need in our society and I think that it is fantastic that no one had to call CB and say, ‘can you help’? I think it is fantastic that the culture in your company would allow you to voluntarily step forward and say, we see a need, we see a well structured programme that is delivering assistance to those who are in the greatest need in our country and we want to participate,” he stated.
Director, Caribbean Broilers, Loriann Lyn (left) symbolically hands over a voucher to Sydonie Allen (right), a beneficiary under the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH). A total of 5,000 beneficiaries under PATH will benefit from a $1 million donation from the Caribbean Broilers. The cheque was handed over today (Dec. 16) during a press briefing held at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston.
Sales Manager at Caribbean Broilers, Miss Dominique Rose, said that the company is pleased to be undertaking such an initiative.
“We recognised that we need to work together to achieve the common good. CB saw a need and we wanted to make a difference. We were called to action and decided that it was good to respond in this way so that we would have a far reaching social impact,” Miss Rose said.
Donations will be limited to Kingston and St. Andrew, which have the largest population of disabled and elderly beneficiaries under PATH.
Xsomo International, producers of paper and electronic business solutions, volunteered to print the vouchers in pressured sealed envelopes free of cost.
The PATH programme targets poor families to include children, the elderly, the disabled, pregnant and lactating mothers. As of October, there were 327,145 beneficiaries under the programme.