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  • Cheques totalling just over $205,000 have been presented to the New Hope Children’s Home in Manchester and the Ward Theatre Foundation to assist in offsetting some of their expenses.
  • The cheques were handed over by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A. J. Nicholson, on behalf of overseas entities in Brussels and Toronto.
  • They were received by representatives of the local facilities at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices, on April 1.

Cheques totalling just over $205,000 have been presented to the New Hope Children’s Home in Manchester and the Ward Theatre Foundation to assist in offsetting some of their expenses.

The cheques were handed over by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A. J. Nicholson, on behalf of overseas entities in Brussels and Toronto. They were received by representatives of the local facilities at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices, on April 1.

The CAD$1,000, which was handed over to the New Hope Children’s Home, was made possible from the proceeds of the Independence Church Service held in Toronto, Canada, recently, while the €1000 which the Ward Theatre Foundation received was made possible from the Gala dinner organised by the Jamaican community in Antwerp and the Jamaican Embassy in Brussels.

Minister Nicholson congratulated the donating entities for giving back to the country and encouraged the receiving facilities to ensure that the money is spent wisely.

Director, New Hope Children’s Home, Amanda Williams, said she is very appreciative for the donation, which will be used to purchase operating supplies and toiletries, particularly for the children who are currently housed at the facility.

The facility, which is a Government licensed independent home, currently houses 24 children aged 0 to five years.

Expressing gratitude for the donation to the Ward Theatre Foundation, Chairman, Vivian Crawford, said it will be used in the daily operations of the theatre.

The Foundation is responsible for the restoration of the historic Ward Theatre, which was declared one of the island’s monuments in January 2000.

Located in the heart of downtown Kingston, the Ward is the only theatre of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean.

The theatre was built at a time when the city of Kingston was recreating itself after the devastation of the 1907 earthquake.

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