Granville girls to get mul­ti­pur­pose build­ing

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

THE JN Foun­da­tion and the Usain Bolt Foun­da­tion de­liv­ered gifts to the young ladies at the Granville Place of Safety in Trelawny re­cently.

The oc­ca­sion marked the of­fi­cial pre­sen­ta­tion of funds raised from the in­au­gu­ral stag­ing of the Heroes in Ac­tion 5K Run/Walk, un­der the aus­pices of both foun­da­tions, in 2015.

The pre­sen­ta­tion took place on the neatly man­i­cured lawn of the home, which caters to ap­prox­i­mately 700 girls who are deemed vul­ner­a­ble and in need of spe­cial pro­tec­tion. It pro­vided a wel­comed de­par­ture from the daily ac­tiv­i­ties at the place of safety.

More than 60 rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the fa­cil­ity, in­clud­ing wards and em­ploy­ees, gath­ered for what turned out to be a morn­ing of in­spi­ra­tion, cel­e­bra­tion, well wishes and elec­tri­fy­ing en­ter­tain­ment.

In fact, the event was tai­lored specif­i­cally for the girls; and the ob­jec­tive through­out the event was to fo­cus on av­enues which will en­able the ad­vance­ment of the girls to be­come change agents in their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties.

THANK­FUL FOR SUP­PORT

Saf­frey Brown, gen­eral man­ager, JN Foun­da­tion, ex­pressed grat­i­tude for the level of sup­port shown to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries, and noted that the true win­ners of the Heroes in Ac­tion ini­tia­tive were the girls in res­i­dence at the place of safety. She also de­clared that the hun­dreds of run­ners, walk­ers and spon­sors who sup­ported the cause were “cheer­lead­ers for a worth­while cause”.

“The plight of young girls at the Granville Place of Safety in­flu­enced us at the JN Foun­da­tion to do some­thing to make a dif­fer­ence in their lives. We recog­nise that com­mu­ni­ties in ru­ral Ja­maica are faced with lim­ited re­sources and other con­straints,” Miss Brown stated. Saf­frey Brown, gen­eral man­ager, JN Foun­da­tion (cen­tre), and Win­some Wilkins (sec­ond right), chair­man of the Usain Bolt Foun­da­tion, present a cheque to Ros­alee Gage-Grey (left), chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Child De­vel­op­ment Agency, at the of­fi­cial han­dover cer­e­mony of funds raised in the 2015 stag­ing of the JN Foun­da­tion and the Usain Bolt Foun­da­tion Heroes in Ac­tion Run/Walk in Fal­mouth to the Granville Place of Safety. The pro­ceeds will go to­wards the es­tab­lish­ment of a mul­ti­pur­pose build­ing and en­hance­ment of the en­vi­ron­ment at the girls’ home , which is a safe haven for girls be­tween the ages of eight and 18. Also shar­ing in the mo­ment are two wards of state at the Granville Place of Safety. The pre­sen­ta­tion took place at that in­sti­tu­tion re­cently.

“How­ever, we were con­vinced that th­ese is­sues could be com­bat­ted through solid partnerships and com­mu­nity-based ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for the well-be­ing of res­i­dents in Trelawny and, in par­tic­u­lar, our chil­dren.”

The funds raised from the 2015 stag­ing of the Heroes in Ac­tion Run/Walk will be used to con­struct a me­dia li­brary for the girls and to en­hance their im­me­di­ate sur­round­ings.

The event was a cel­e­bra­tion, with cheers of ap­proval from the wards, who were made privy

to the pos­si­bil­ity of the project, re­sult­ing in the up­grad­ing of the lay­out and in­creased com­fort in their dor­mi­tory.

TIMELY DONATION

This an­nounce­ment came from Ros­alee Gage-Grey, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Child De­vel­op­ment Agency (CDA), who in­formed the res­i­dents that “this donation is quite timely, as we con­tinue to forge partnerships to aid in the ed­u­ca­tional pur­suits of the girls; and once we com­plete the ad­di­tional build­ing, we will be able to

ex­pand the dor­mi­tory to pro­vide more space for res­i­dents”.

She also af­firmed that “the CDA was heart­ened to know that through ini­tia­tives, such as Heroes in Ac­tion,’ we can pro­vide ad­di­tional sup­port to our chil­dren who

are go­ing through hard times. We want them to be trans­formed to be­come change mak­ers when they leave state care”.

In her as­sur­ance to the wards of the state, Win­some Wilkins, chair of the Usain Bolt

Foun­da­tion, used the Usain Bolt’s story as an in­spi­ra­tion. “Usain would say to you, be­lieve in your dreams, as any­thing is pos­si­ble. If it hap­pened to him, it can hap­pen to you. Sim­ply be­lieve in your­self.”

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