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The Michael Manley Foundation will on Friday, November 4, host a reception in honour of some 150 donors who have, for the past six years, contributed to the organization’s existence.
“This reception will allow us to say thanks to the more than 150 corporate bodies and individuals whose contributions have sustained us since our inception in 1999,” Michael Manley Foundation Chairman, Danny Roberts told JIS News.
The donor-appreciation event, which is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel on Waterloo Road in Kingston, comes just about one month before the late former Prime Minister’s 81st birthday.
Last year, in celebration of Mr. Manley’s 80th birthday, the Foundation established the Michael Manley Centre, a depository and showcase of documents and memorabilia.
Financed through the Foundation’s fund-raising efforts, coupled with assistance from the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, the centre was opened by Prime Minister P.J. Patterson on December 10, the anniversary of Mr. Manley’s birth.
“The centre has proven to be a gift for Jamaica-based and overseas scholars researching the life and work of the late Jamaican stalwart. It is now being upgraded to receive tour parties,” Mr. Roberts pointed out.
An endowment fund, the proceeds of which will go towards the Foundation’s projects and which will, in time, eliminate the need for recurrent fund-raising, was also launched last year.
The Michael Manley Foundation has staged six annual awards for Community Self Reliance and two associated awards for Environmental Conservation – the latter in conjunction with the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ). They also conducted three rounds of annual essay competitions at the secondary and tertiary levels, plus three annual Michael Manley Lectures.
At the reception, major contributors to the Foundation will receive plaques as a symbol of appreciation.