The Combined Disabilities Association, and the University of the West Indies (UWI) Development and Endowment Fund have received grants totaling US$15,000, from the Jamaica Women of Washington Association (JWOW).
The Washington-based organisation has awarded a grant of US$10,000 to the Combined Disabilities Association and US$5,000 to the UWI Endowment Fund.
Making the announcement at a fund-raising event staged by JWOW on June 8, at the Four Seasons Hotel, downtown Washington, D.C., President, Dr. Jacqui Watson said the organization is very pleased to assist these two organizations, so they could continue to assist in promoting healthy lifestyles.
Dr. Watson pointed out that the Combined Disabilities Association would use the grant to host physical activity sessions throughout the island for the disabled and develop appropriate educational materials and convert them into Braille. The funds will also be used to continue the structured exercise and proper nutrition programme.
Lorna Golding (second left), wife of Prime Minister Bruce Golding with Washington, D.C, First Lady, Michelle Fenty (third left); Jamaica’ s Ambassador to the United States, Anthony Johnson and Dr. Jacqui Watson, President of the Jamaica Women of Washington (JWOW). They were attending a fund-raising event staged by the JWOW on June 8 at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C.
She also noted that the grant to the UWI Development and Endowment Fund would be used by the Tropical Medicine Research Institute for research work.
In his message, read by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Anthony Johnson, Prime Minister Bruce Golding commended JWOW for focusing on health issues.
“Your organization’s focus on health and social issues, coincides with the government’s own agenda for national development. We welcome your development in these areas and commend your organization,” he said.
The JWOW has contributed US$175,000 to a number of charitable organizations in Jamaica over the past five years, including Jamaica Aids Support, Mensana Community for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill, Westmoreland Association for Street People, Children First, Women’s Media Watch, Family and Parenting Centre, and Western Society for the Upliftment of Children.
Also attending the event were: Lorna Golding, wife of Prime Minister Bruce Golding; Mayor of Washington, Adrian Fenty, and members of the Caribbean Diplomatic Corps.