Ten-year-old Ashley Wedderburn was so moved by a prayer for Haitian earthquake victims she heard at her Donnington Primary School, she suggested to her Principal that everyone should contribute to the relief of the victims.
A week after the deadly earthquake, the St. Mary school donated 5 cases of water to the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) Haitian Relief Support efforts.
“I was just listening to Sir [in devotion] and then it just came to me and they need the help,” said Ashley, who contributed 100 hundred dollars.
“It makes me feel good, knowing that I am helping. It says that we must look out for our brothers because, if we were in the same situation, I know we would get help from them,” the Grade 5 student added.
Jamaica Information Service (JIS) employee, Jane Morris, accepting a donation for the agency’s Haitian Relief Support from Grade 5 student at the Donnington Primary School, St. Mary, Ashley Wedderburn. Acting Principal of the Institution, Lennox Bailey looks on. The school’s 98 students and four teachers donated five cases of water to the relief support effort.
Grade 6 student Shando Buchanan is hoping that his contribution will encourage others to play a part.
“I feel great and I feel proud of myself, contributing to people who need it more than I do,” Shando noted.
Acting Principal of the institution, Lennox Bailey, said that the decision of the students to contribute indicates good leadership.
“It shows that among our children we have humanitarians. We have persons who are willing to be leaders and not afraid to make suggestions, in helping persons who are less fortunate than us,” he argued.
Acting Principal of Donnington Primary School, St. Mary, Lennox Bailey (left) with students, teachers and JIS employee Jane Morris. The school donated five cases of water to the Haitian Relief efforts of the agency.
The water donated by the school will be handed over by the JIS to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), as part of the Agency’s efforts to assist relief efforts for the earthquake victims.
Members of the public are being reminded that all Jamaica Information Service (JIS) offices are being used as collection centres. The JIS Kingston offices are located at 58a Half-Way Tree Road (head office) and 37 Arnold Road (Television department). The Regional offices are in Ocho Rios St. Ann, Mandeville Manchester, Montego Bay St. James and Port Antonio Portland.Donations are being accepted Mondays to Thursdays from 8:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m., and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Items needed include bottled water, bed sheets, towels, toiletries and basic food supplies such as rice, sugar, flour, beans and oil.