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  • Reigning Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2013, Krystal Tomlinson, has received a cheque for $150,000 from Lasco Financial Services.
  • Miss Tomlinson said the project will involve tertiary level students, enrolled in social work, sociology and psychology programmes.
  • Students will be able to link their volunteer hours into the Ministry of Youth and Culture’s JAMVAT Programme, which assists with tuition fees in return for community service.

Reigning Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2013, Krystal Tomlinson, has received a cheque for $150,000 from Lasco Financial Services, to assist with her national outreach project.

Miss Tomlinson said the project will involve tertiary level students, enrolled in social work, sociology and psychology programmes, to manage the volume of reports of child abuse and neglect at the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR)

One of the components of the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is that contestants must be involved in community development. Each year the Queen receives a cash donation to assist with her project.

The cheque was presented by Business Development Officer, Lasco Financial Services, Susan Broadus, at a ceremony held on January 23, at the JCDC’s   head office, 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10.

“We hope the student volunteers will help to lighten the load at the OCR,” Miss Tomlinson said, noting that every 30 minutes or less the OCR receives a report of a child being abused. Between January and September last year, 8,000 reports of child abuse were documented in Jamaica.

She explained that students will be able to link their volunteer hours into the Ministry of Youth and Culture’s JAMVAT Programme, which assists with tuition fees in return for community service.

Chairperson, JCDC Festival Queen Competition, Cindy Breakspeare, expressed appreciation for Lasco’s donation to the project, noting that the contribution “will be put to good use in ensuring the successful completion of the project.”

Miss Breakspeare also commended Miss Tomlinson for giving back to the society by using her initiative to start the project. “We thank you for making a difference in our country, because Jamaica has a lot of needs at this time,” she said.

For her part, Miss Broadus said that Lasco was happy to assist, noting that the company believes in nation building and community development.

She assured that Lasco will continue to support the Festival Queen project, which it has been doing for the past five years.  “We know this project will train our children to recognise abuse and avoid potential abusive relationships. This is why we are supporting the project,” Miss Broadus added.