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Proceeds from the recent 10th annual dinner/dance of the William Knibb Alumni Association, Florida Chapter, will go towards the school’s library in Falmouth, Trelawny.
President of the Association, Teslyn Takacs, said over US$4,000.00 was expected from the event, which was held at the Inverrary Country Club in Fort Lauderdale.
She emphasized that the members were committed to improving education for the students at the school.
Mrs. Takacs said the library was in urgent need of repair and that the proceeds would address that matter immediately.
Guest speaker at the event, Jamaica’s Consul General to the Southeast USA, Ricardo Allicock lauded members of the group for their effort to assist in the refurbishing of their alma mater.
He challenged them to continue their quest in “doing something positive for their homeland”, by looking beyond the needs of their school and to the wider community, “from which you were rooted”.
In this regard, Mr. Allicock spoke of the efforts of the recent National Diaspora Conference, organized by the Jamaican Government, to strengthen and continue the symbiotic relationship shared between the overseas nationals and Jamaicans at home.
On the hurricane recovery efforts, the Consul General commended the South Florida community for contributing towards rebuilding the nation in the aftermath of the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Ivan.
He noted that while the recovery process continued, there was a lot more to be done, and appealed for more assistance.
Mr. Allicock urged the audience of alumni members and friends to “find something in your country to place in your heart’s interest”, so that all Jamaicans could unite in this vein.
William Knibb High School began in 1961 to commemorate the late Reverend William Knibb, one of the founding fathers of the Jamaica Baptist Union. The institution now has an enrollment of nearly 1,000 students.
The South Florida chapter of the Alumni was founded in 1990. Other chapters are established in major cities throughout the USA.

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