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The United States-based charity, Jamaica Women of Washington (JWOW), has donated US$2,500 towards the Tropical Storm Gustav Recovery Fund.
The cheque was presented to the Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, by JWOW President, Dr. Jacqueline Watson, at the organisation’s ‘Give5’ fundraising holiday reception, held recently at the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, DC.
Dr. Watson stated that the funds represented proceeds from JWOW’s annual ‘Tee-off fore the health of it’ golf tournament, which was held in September. “We, as an organisation, feel we have a duty to assist our country in times of need, and presenting this cheque is only one of the small ways we can assist,” she stated.
In accepting the cheque, Minister Shaw thanked JWOW on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica. “I am sure that the contribution of your organisation will go a far way in assisting the Government to improve the lives of many who are displaced as a result of the tropical storm,” he stated.
He further commended the organisation “for the tremendous contribution that you continue to give to the health and education sectors and to the number of charitable organisations that you support.”
The Gustav Recovery Fund was launched by Minister of State for Project Implementation and Service Delivery, in the Office of the Prime Minister, Daryl Vaz, to raise money to meet the cost of recovery works and assist victims of the tropical storm, which affected the island in August.
Another US$2,500, collected at the JWOW fundraiser, will be donated to the relief fund within the next two weeks.
Incorporated in 2003, JWOW is comprised of women of Jamaican heritage residing in Washington, who are working to improve the health and quality of life of vulnerable women, children and families in underserved communities, particularly in Jamaica, the Caribbean and the Greater Washington area.
Over the past five years, JWOW has contributed US$175,000 to a number of charitable organisations in Jamaica, including the Combined Disabilities Association, University of the West Indies (UWI) Development and Endowment Fund, Jamaica AIDS Support, Mensana Community for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill, Westmoreland Association of Street People, Children’s First, Women’s Media Watch, Family and Parenting Centre, and Western Society for Upliftment of Children.