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The Jamaica Early Childhood Foundation is to benefit from proceeds from the Independence Anniversary Ball, which was held at the New York Hilton Hotel and Towers, on August 16.
Chairperson of the Foundation, Lorna Golding, who was special guest at the event, told the audience that emphasis would be placed on the total empowerment and development of children, especially those at risk.
“I am inviting you, the Jamaican Diaspora here in New York and around the world, to become more involved in supporting our children, so that they will have equal opportunities to develop their full potential and contribute positively to the development of our country and excel in the global economy,” she said.
Mrs. Golding, who is wife of Prime Minister Bruce Golding, said that as part of the Government’s bold new approach to universal education, the Ministry of Education was finalising plans for the launch of the Jamaica Education Trust.
She said that against the background of the 46th Anniversary of Independence and the performances of the athletes at the Olympic Games in China, Jamaicans overseas must recommit to the fulfillment of “our true spirit of hope, hard work, pride and prosperity.”
“While we have made great strides, there are still areas on which we can improve. One such area is in the growth and development of our young children,” she noted, adding that the Foundation would provide resources and improve services for all Jamaican children, regardless of their background.
The Ball was organised by Jamaica Independence Anniversary Committee (JIAC). It climaxed two weeks of events for Jamaicans in the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.