COJO gala

Friday, December 19, 2014

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NEW York-based charity Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) this year presented awards to several individuals and businesses who have provided invaluable support to the charity and its programmes.

These included the philanthropy award to Dalbert and Vilma Daley; team awards to Robert DeSouza and Paulette Taylor; community service award to Mark Crawford; corporate award to Golden Krust Caribbean Grill & Bakery; and visionary awards to Richard Lue and Sandals Resorts International.

COJO has for 20 years been helping disenfranchised youngsters in Jamaica and the United States (US) in a range of education and social development programmes.

The charity champions the cause of needy children, many of whom are in state care, and identifies real needs facing underprivileged children and the non-government agencies that are best positioned to address these needs. Funds are raised throughout the year and culminate in the annual fundraising gala, held December 6 this year, at the Hilton, JFK, New York. The gala followed a welcome reception hosted by The Door restaurant in honour of former prime minister PJ Patterson on December 5.

The proceeds of the gala and other fundraising events have provided computer laboratories, teaching aids, furniture, bursaries and scholarships to a number of institutions in Jamaica, including Alpha Boys' Home, City of Refuge, Marigold Child Care Centre and the Glenhope Nursery.

COJO also contributes to a number of programmes in New York, including the Leaf of Life organisation which transports critically ill children from various countries around the world to the US for life-saving surgery.

COJO's main sponsors are JetBlue, The Door, Caribbean Airlines, GraceKennedy, J Wray & Nephew, Dennis Hawthorne and Sandals Resorts International.

    

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