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    Six Jamaican nationals in South Florida will be honored for their positive contributions to Jamaica and the Florida Diaspora, at the Consulate General of Miami’s third annual Community Service Awards Ceremony and Tea Party.
    At the function, which will be held on April 19 at a downtown Miami venue, the honorees will be recognised for outstanding contribution to culture, civic, scholastic, and professional areas.
    Acclaimed actress and philanthropist, Sheryl Lee Ralph, who has done a lot of work in raising awareness about HV and AIDS, will be the guest of honour.
    Consul General, Sandra Grant Griffiths, has said that the Government continues to acknowledge the commitment of Jamaicans in the Diaspora and their contribution over the years, to the development of their homeland, as well as their respective communities abroad.
    She said that this year’s event will be even more meaningful with support to be given to Hope Hospice in Albion, St. James, which is supported by the Friends of Good Shepherd Foundation. The Hospice is dedicated to HIV/AIDS education and intervention projects.
    Ms. Ralph, who is an AIDS activist, is the founding director of the DIVA (AIDS) Foundation, a national non-profit organisation she created in memory of the friends she has lost to the disease.
    She created the critically acclaimed “Divas Simply Singing” an entertainment production, which has become one of the most highly anticipated AIDS benefits in Hollywood, California.
    Among the many accolades in increasing AIDS awareness, Ms. Ralph has been awarded the Red Ribbon Award at the United Nations (UN) for her unique use of the arts in battling HIV/AIDS.

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