Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Syranno Baines/ Gleaner Writer syranno.baines@glean­erjm.com

LAMENT­ING THAT many Jamaicans still can’t meet the ba­sic needs of life, a harsh re­al­ity, par­tic­u­larly at Christ­mas, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Sco­tia Group Ja­maica (SGJ) David Noel has en­cour­aged all cit­i­zens to con­trib­ute to the Sal­va­tion Army’s Christ­mas Ket­tle cam­paign, aimed at rais­ing $15 mil­lion for the ben­e­fit of the un­der­priv­i­leged.

Noel made the call as SGJ, for the 17th year run­ning, joined with the Sal­va­tion Army as it launched its an­nual fundrais­ing ac­tiv­ity for the fes­tive sea­son at the Sco­tia Cen­tre in Kingston yesterday.

In keep­ing with tra­di­tion, SGJ made the first con­tri­bu­tion of $1 mil­lion, which was quickly sup­ple­mented as the scores of well-wish­ers in at­ten­dance added to the ket­tle.

The funds will be used to as­sist more than 20,000 Jamaicans is­land­wide with per­sonal-care prod­ucts, Christ­mas food ham­pers, cooked meals, and other pro­vi­sions.


“Christ­mas is a time of joy and get­ting to­gether with fam­ily and friends, but it is also time for us to re­mem­ber the less for­tu­nate. There are lots of peo­ple who still, on Christ­mas Day, don’t have a proper meal or shel­ter, and the Sal­va­tion Army is rais­ing money, through its Ket­tle Ap­peal, to help meet some of those needs,” Noel said.

“So I en­cour­age ev­ery­one across Ja­maica, when­ever and wher­ever you see that red ket­tle, please give some­thing be­cause it is go­ing to a very wor­thy cause. Once you are able to give, give. Ev­ery lit­tle counts in meet­ing this $15 mil­lion tar­get,” he told The Gleaner.

Noel fur­ther en­cour­aged Jamaicans to take the usu­ally warm and cor­dial Christ­mas spirit into the New Year for the bet­ter­ment of the coun­try.

Divi­sional Com­man­der for the Sal­va­tion Army Eastern Ja­maica Divi­sion, Ma­jor Oral Morris, heaped praises on SGJ but also ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the do­na­tions of other cor­po­rate en­ti­ties and in­di­vid­u­als who lend sup­port through­out the year.

Morris pointed out that hav­ing achieved just un­der the $16 mil­lion tar­get last year, the or­gan­i­sa­tion hosted a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a treat for se­nior cit­i­zens, shop­ping trips, and par­ties for chil­dren and chil­dren’s homes. In ad­di­tion, through part­ner­ship with the Ter­ri­to­rial and In­ter­na­tional Head­quar­ters, the divi­sion was able to ren­o­vate the Nest Chil­dren’s Home at a cost of $5.5 mil­lion.

This year’s Christ­mas Ket­tle Drive runs from Novem­ber 9 to De­cem­ber 24. Sal­va­tion Army of­fi­cers, with their bright red ket­tles and clang­ing bells, will be out­side many busi­ness places en­cour­ag­ing do­na­tions.


Oral Morris (left), divi­sional com­man­der, eastern divi­sion, Sal­va­tion Army, with his wife, Mar­cia, divi­sional di­rec­tor of women’s min­istries, and David Noel, pres­i­dent and CEO, Sco­tia­bank Ja­maica, mak­ing the do­na­tion of J$1 mil­lion at the Sal­va­tion Army 2018 launch of its an­nual Red Ket­tle Ap­peal, held at the Sco­tia Cen­tre, yesterday.

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