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Despite the heavy rainfall, scores of persons turned out on Friday (June 24) to support the Jamaica 4-H Clubs main fundraising event, which was held at its headquarters on Old Hope Road.
The event, dubbed ‘Jamaica Nite’, was a combination of Jamaican foods, music and dance. For only $500 patrons enjoyed a variety of foods, such as ackee and saltfish, mackerel rundown, jerk chicken, jerk pork, curried goat, escoveitch fish, bammy, roasted breadfruit, festival, rice and peas, manish water and potato pudding.
In an interview with JIS News, Lenworth Fulton, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, said that the event was a success, despite the rain, which prevented many persons from coming to the event. “It (event) turned out very well, based on the preliminary figures that we have, which was evident in the number of tickets that were sold at the event,” he added.
Pat Rose, member of the Board of Management, Jamaica 4-H Clubs, said that the event was more than just a fundraiser, as it was also geared at bringing people together to enjoy “clean, Jamaican entertainment”.
He said that even though the event had begun in the afternoon, it was mainly targeted at working people who would have normally left work on a Friday evening and visited clubs or ‘after work jams’ in the nights.
“We wanted to make this event different from other fund-raisers where people just purchased tickets and then collected their lunches/dinners.we wanted to provide an atmosphere where people, while they were eating, could enjoy Jamaican music and dance, and we have done just that,” he pointed out.
Regarded as the single most important fundraising event for the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, ‘Jamaica Nite’ was initiated 18 years ago by a group of volunteers, who sought to raise funds, which were used to assist in expanding and sustaining the Clubs’ various training programmes, among other things.
Today the tradition continues and, funds raised from the event are to be used to effect well-needed repairs at the Clubs headquarters, as well as to sponsor two students selected from the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE).
Mr. Fulton noted that a number of funding agencies have, over the years, contributed to the organization. However, he emphasized the need for more private sector entities to contribute to the organization.
“I am very disappointed in the level of support received from the private sector. they do not fund us well at all.” he said. “They prefer to fund sporting activities.because it is a great developmental area for young people.but they need to look at the other side and I’m making an appeal to them that although funding sport is very good, training people is as important as anything else,” he added.