More help has come for the people of Haiti via two youth groups in Mandeville Manchester, which have raised $465,000 in cash and kind for the relief effort.
Yesterday (February15), representatives from A Brighter Day Foundation and Young Women of Purpose (Y-WoP), handed over 15 boxes of clothing, shoes and school bags to the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), valued at $402,300.
The items, which were contributed by residents and businesses, will be included in the agency’s donation to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) for shipment to Haiti.
In addition $62,700, which represents sums raised at a ‘One Million Can’ fundraising walk staged by the youth groups on January 23, as well as contribution from entertainment company New Image and Total Supermarket and Wholesale, has been deposited in ODPEM’s Haiti relief account.
Chief Executive of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Mrs. Donna Marie-Rowe (3rd right), look at boxes of clothing and other items donated by the Young Women of Purpose (YWoP) and A Brighter Day Foundation in Mandeville Manchester towards the agency’s Haiti relief effort. The items were handed over yesterday (Feb. 15) on the grounds of Total Supermarket and Wholesale in the Manchester capital. Others (from left) are: head of YWoP, Lanisia Rhoden; student of Mandeville Primary and Junior High School, Yukari Pryce; Mayor of Mandeville, Councillor Brenda Ramsay; Floor Manager at Total Supermarket and Wholesale, Sherinne Samuels; and Projects Manager at A Brighter Day Foundation, Lisa Dunn.
At the handing over held at Total Supermarket’s car park, Her Worship the Mayor Councillor Brenda Ramsay said the gesture by the youngsters demonstrates that hope exists in the country.
“It says something about the people that we are. In spite of our own difficult situations, we are willing and ready to stretch a hand of friendship and kindness to others in their time of need. Jamaica needs more of you. Keep on being the shining example, and say to others, as the youth, “we can,” she stated.
Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Mrs. Donna Marie-Rowe, who received the boxes of items, also had commendations for the youth groups.
“Our future is very secure. Your compassion is outstanding, and I am sure that the Government agencies that are working on behalf of Haiti will be very pleased with this contribution that you have made,” she said.
Floor Supervisor at Total Supermarket and Wholesale, Ms. Sherinne Samuels expressed the hope that the donation “will help to make someone’s life more comfortable.”