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  • Donor organizations within the Jamaican diaspora have been urged to work together to better stream line their contributions to Jamaica.
  • Mr. Lamont commended Help JAMM for providing free quality health care to needy persons in both New Jersey and Jamaica.
  • Volunteerism within the Jamaican diaspora is truly inspiring.

Donor organizations within the Jamaican diaspora have been urged to work  together to better stream line their contributions to Jamaica.

The call has come from Jamaica’s Consul General to New York, Mr. Herman Lamont, who delivered the keynote address at the 3rd annual banquet and awards ceremony of the Help Jamaica Medical Mission (Help JAMM), in Verona, New Jersey on November 9.

“I want to appeal for an enhanced level of collaboration among all donor groups in the Diaspora, so that we may have a better synergy in our activities,” Mr. Lamont told the Help JAMM members and supporters gathered at the Richfield Regency hotel.

He said that if the various donations were properly streamlined, Jamaica would benefit tremendously.  “From time to time, organizations have complained that they continue to experience difficulty making donations, but this can be mitigated if there is a co-ordinated effort,” the Consul General said.

Mr. Lamont commended Help JAMM for providing free quality health care to needy persons in both New Jersey and Jamaica.  “Jamaicans at home proudly appreciate these donations and I unhesitatingly express our gratitude,” he added.

Jamaicans in the Diaspora, he said, are replete with unsung heroes who over the years have willingly contributed financial resources, equipment, as well as professional skills and services to individuals and institutions alike. “Volunteerism within the Jamaican diaspora is truly inspiring.  This quality found among  Jamaicans overseas is almost commonplace and is worthy of emulation at home,”  Mr.  Lamont said.

He pointed out that medical facilities in Jamaica continue to face challenges as they strive to meet the needs of the growing population.

Just over 400 persons attended the event and  money raised from the banquet will go towards defraying the costs of the Medical Mission to Jamaica.