Lamar Richards' Good deed

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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While attending GC Foster College in Spanish Town, Lamar Richards was kicked out of school six times for failure to pay tuition. With assistance from two mentors, the persistent Richards completed a diploma course at that institution in 2015 and is now its track facility manager and a part-time lecturer.

Along with GC Foster College, Angels Community Sports Committee, Spanish Town Police Station and Jamaica Fire Brigade, he will stage the inaugural Reggae Sports Carnival at GC Foster College on Good Friday and Saturday. Its objective is to raise funds for St Catherine students who face a similar predicament to his a decade ago.

“I believe mixing sports and entertainment is one of the best things that can happen. It's one of the best combinations,” said 29-year-old Richards.

Bugle, Iba Mahr, Lutan Fyah and Chronic Law will perform at the show, which is also supported by Bugle's Foundation.

Richards is from Bog Walk, St Catherine and attended Bog Walk High School. In addition to financial challenges, he had disciplinary problems which led to run-ins with police.

Admitting he was not the “brightest student”, Richards said he was determined to become a certified track and field coach. That would not have been possible without the encouragement of Elaine Reid, a teacher at his alma mater, and Edward Shakes, former principal of GC Foster College.

He had special words for Reid, who guaranteed the funds that ensured Richards completed his courses.

“She invested in me and told me that I can. I had to make Miss Elaine Reid proud,” he said. “I had to make something out of myself so I can help others, because I wanted to be a role model.”

— Howard Campbell


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