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  • Nominations are open for the 12th Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Excellence 2014, in the categories of the Arts, Music, Culture and Sports.
  • The awards are hosted by the Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation, a non-governmental organization (NGO).
  • It is expected that 30 Caribbean nationals will be honoured for their contributions in the fields of sports, music, the arts, and culture at the awards function, to be held on October 25.

Nominations are open for the 12th Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Excellence 2014, in the categories of the Arts, Music, Culture and Sports.

The awards are hosted by the Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation, a non-governmental organization (NGO).

It is expected that 30 Caribbean nationals will be honoured for their contributions in the fields of sports, music, the arts, and culture at the awards function, to be held on October 25 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in New Kingston.

Chairman of the Foundation, Miss Merline Daley, said they are looking forward to receiving a good list of nominees.

“There is never enough appreciation of the people who give in these areas and anything that can be done to highlight them and to encourage them, we are prepared to do that because in this country, sports and culture and the arts are really our lifeline,” Miss Daley said.

She was speaking at the launch of the Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Excellence, at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, on August 28.

For his part, Executive Director of the Foundation and Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Mr. Garnett Reid, explained that the awards are aimed at encouraging young Jamaicans and Caribbean nationals to follow the footsteps of other great persons.

“There is a lot of talent that exist in our youth, talent we know that is awaiting an opportunity to be trained and developed, but not getting the resources that  they need to do so. We need to identify them, train them and put them out there to the world,” Mr. Reid said.

For the past 25 years, the Foundation, in observance of the United Nations World Decade for Cultural Development, has honoured and awarded hundreds of individuals and institutions from Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean for their contribution to sports, the arts and culture. The event was first staged in 1989.

The recipient of the hall of fame award has to be of Caribbean nationality; has to be a person whose performance has been recognized by the public at the highest level; and the recipient is not to be discriminated against based on race, colour, religion, sex or political affiliation.

Nominations can be sent to caribbeanhalloffame2000@gmail.com  and persons can call 926-7823 or 532-2695 for more information.