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Over the next five years the two year old Manchester Homecoming Foundation (MHF) intends to raise $10 million to finance various scholarship programmes for youths living in the parish. Custos Rotulorum of Manchester, Dr. Gilbert Allen made the announcement at a press conference last week. The conference was called to highlight the upcoming Manchester homecoming celebrations, which gets underway on the 7th of November with a roundtable discussion at the Golf View Hotel.
“We will be setting up a special fund for this purpose and the target group will be those persons who have a serious need for this form of support,” he indicated.
“The theme is ‘Manchester, yesterday, today and tomorrow’. Last year we staged a successful exhibition, which showcased the history of the parish, accomplishments of the people, local culture, as well as the aspirations which we all share.it was also the launch of the Manchester Hall of Fame,” he informed.
Dr. Allen noted that the main activities for the month would include the hosting of a grand fund raising award banquet on November 18 at the Kendal Camp and Conference Centre under the patronage of Governor General, His Excellency, the Most Honourable, Professor Kenneth Hall and wife Rheima Hall.
“At this event we will be honouring two worthy Manchesterians in the form of Mr. Jackie Minott and Mr. Wayne Chen, we will also be using that platform to official launch the scholarship fund,” Dr. Allen said.
The MHF was launched in 2004 by former Governor General, Sir Howard Cooke.