JIS News

More than 60 students from 14 communities from Top Halse Hall to Raymonds Dam in May Pen, Clarendon, received book vouchers on August 25, from the Refinery Community Council, a Non-Governmental Organisation.
Each of the student, aged 10 to 16 years, was given a $2,000 voucher to purchase school books from a store in May Pen, at a handing over ceremony, held at Jamalco Great House, Halse Hall, in Clarendon.
Guest speaker and Principal of Green Park Primary and Junior High School, O’Neil Ankle said the donation by the Council was demonstration of “a love for people and community development.”
“We want more of this from other companies and organisations that exist, because of human capital,” he said. At the same time, he urged the Council members to continue to help the less fortunate in the parish.
Mr. Ankle also commended the business owners and community members for their contributions in making the project a success.
“Even though your company may be having challenges to stay afloat, there are other persons within your boundaries that without the help that you give, will find it harder to survive,” he added.
Chairperson for the Refinery Community Council, Lorine Cousins said the money was garnered as a result of several fundraising activities, including a luncheon put on by the Council and supported by the community. She said that Jamalco, the primary donor of back-to-school assistance over the years, was also one of the main sponsors.
Speaking to the students, Miss Cousins implored them to study hard, so as to build a strong foundation for themselves, and to be successful in their pursuits.
“Children you are the carpenters of your life. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board or erect a wall, remember to be kind, caring and honest and trustworthy. Your attitude and the choices you make today will build your future tomorrow,” she added.
In an interview with JIS News, Miss Cousins said the students were selected by members of the Council who live within the communities.
“They were selected based on their needs, because we have persons who come to us from time to time who cannot afford to purchase not even one of the GSAT books for school, so we try to assist,” she said.
The Community Council represents 14 communities in the parish and its main aim is to provide a link and to develop a friendly and safe environment between the community, Jamalco, and all local business interests.

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