JIS News

A number of the nation’s primary schools are to benefit from the donation of 200 new Dell computers and 30 printers from two United States-based organizations.
Representatives of the California-based Accounting Firm, RISARC Inc., and the Caribbean Classic Golf Invitational (CCG1) Foundation, will present the equipment, valued at approximately US$100,000, to Education, Youth and Culture Minister, Maxine Henry-Wilson, at a ceremony slated for February 22 at the Hilton Hotel in Kingston.
The computers were purchased from proceeds from the successful first staging of the Caribbean Classic Golf Invitational Tournament in Montego Bay last June and attended by a number of Caribbean and American celebrities, including actor, Steve Harvey.
The two entities are also working with the Ministry of Education to establish computer technology learning centres in primary schools throughout Jamaica.
“We are excited that the project is finally getting off the ground and that the first set of computers will be distributed to the schools. Our mission is to provide all the children in primary schools across Jamaica an opportunity to begin enhancing their learning experience through technology and to give them access through a portal to the world,” said Jamaican Richard Stephenson, President of RISARC, Inc., and CCGI Foundation.
“We are elated at what we have accomplished as we all know that a good education is important in order for our kids to be able to compete in an ever-changing, technological world. This is just the start of an ongoing project to benefit primary level students in Jamaica and eventually the wider Caribbean, in keeping with our mission,” added Jamaican Alsion Roach, Vice President of Bear Stearns and chair of the joint committee of RISARC, Inc./CCGI Foundation.
Wednesday’s press reception will also serve as the official launch of the second annual CCGI Charity Golf Tournament, slated for June 21 to 24 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel & Resorts, White Witch, and the Rose Hall Resorts & Country Club/Cinnamon Hill golf courses in Montego Bay.
Celebrities expected to attend the press reception include reggae recording artiste Freddie McGregor; track legend Don Quarrie, and Miss Jamaica 2005 Terri-Karelle Griffiths.
The 2006 schedule will include a two-day golf tournament and a private golf clinic by Robert Baker of GolfDigest.