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  • Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is hailing Hanover Charities for its continued support to the development of education in western Jamaica.
  • He noted that the charity, through its annual scholarship awards, and grants to schools and education programmes, is a valuable partner in the education process.
  • He said that such partnerships are important and should be encouraged for the transformation of education.

Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is hailing Hanover Charities for its continued support to the development of education in western Jamaica.

He noted that the charity, through its annual scholarship awards, and grants to schools and education programmes, is a valuable partner in the education process.

He said that such partnerships are important and should be encouraged for the transformation of education.

The Minister was addressing Hanover Charities’ 58th annual grant ceremony held on June 30 at the Round Hill Hotel in Hanover, where the charity handed over $24 million in scholarships and other grants.

A total of 90 secondary and tertiary level students, schools, community-based, and non-government entities from western Jamaica benefited from the awards.

The Education Minister encouraged the recipients to ensure that they live up to what is expected of them by Hanover Charities, as the funds could have been invested elsewhere.

Chairman of Hanover Charities, Katrin Casserly, said that despite the economic challenges, the entity ensured that there was a marked increase in the number of scholarships and grants given this year.

“It is incredibly rewarding for us board members and the fundraising committee that we are able to distribute over $24 million, which will be going directly to your organisations today,” she said.

The funds were raised through Hanover Charities’ annual Sugar Cane Ball, which took place at the Round Hill Hotel in February this year.

Outside of the education grants, donations were also made to Farm-Up Jamaica, West Haven Children’s Home in Hanover; Hanover Diabetic Support Group; Montego Bay Legal Aid Clinic in St. James; and the Hanover Charities Educational Institute.

Hanover Charities was established in 1957. Recognised as a not-for-profit charity organisation in Jamaica, the fund supports programmes that feed schoolchildren, the elderly and the indigent, as well as organisations that promote positive values and education.

Hanover Charities also supports facilities, clinics, institutions and projects that provide health care. Support is also given through the Morris Watkins Memorial Scholarship to promising students in need of financial aid.