Courts Jamaica Shares the Joy

BY JAVENE SKYERS Observer staff reporter skyersj@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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Seven institutions that care for vulnerable groups across Jamaica will be receiving well-needed furniture, electronics and appliances through the Unicomer group, Courts Jamaica’s ‘Share the Joy’ programme.

The beneficiaries – Mustard Seed Communities, Hanover Charities, Clifton Boys’ Home, the Salvation Army, SOS Children’s Village, Missionaries of the Poor and United Way of Jamaica – will be receiving over $3 million worth of items from Courts and their partners.


Executive director of Mustard Seed Communities International, Father Garvin Augustine, in expressing his appreciation for the gesture, noted that many people often don’t realise how necessary and important the items are in the homes.


"I would say that first of all, one has to recognise that when you’re looking after children’s homes or such institutions, we need all the things that a normal family would need, and I sometimes think people don’t recognise that just like how a normal family needs a fridge or a stove or a microwave or a bed, an institution needs that and more because what we try to do is create a homely environment for our residents," Augustine told the Jamaica Observer following the handover ceremony which was held at Mustard Seed’s Jerusalem Home in Spanish Town last week.


He added that these items were even more important because the home has to support many residents, resulting in the items being damaged and worn out much more quickly. He stated that the donations would be used to replace worn-out items in some homes and equip other homes with appliances and furniture that they did not have before.


"It’s needed; it’s timely in the sense of being now, but also timely in the sense of the season that is upon us, the whole Christmas season as one of giving, so it’s the perfect time to really kind of reach out and stretch our hand a little bit and give each other, so yes, I’m so grateful," Father Augustine said.


He said the programme serves as an important symbol, not only to the remainder of corporate Jamaica but to the Government and other people as well, as everyone has a responsibility to help provide for children who have no choice or control over their limitations.


Chair of the Hanover Charities, Katrin Schafelner Casserly, also expressed her appreciation for the donations and stated that several homes and infirmaries in the parish of Hanover will be the recipients of larger items such as stoves, microwaves and beds.


"The other items we have are for various smaller schools as we have school feeding programmes, so they can get a new stove or a new fridge for their kitchen facilities. So we are very thrilled that Courts found us…we are very happy to be included as the most western- located charity, it seems, in this group," Schafelner Casserly stated.


Managing Director of Unicomer (Jamaica) Limited Dennis Harris, in his remarks, stated that giving back, which is a significant part of Courts Jamaica’s corporate social responsibility efforts, should be an objective of all major businesses.


"We must be committed and we need to provide the resources… we have to be the difference and whether it is by supporting a local charity, volunteering or teaching skills to others or even sponsoring an event, participate in giving back as the extensive benefits to business are well beyond the benefits of just helping the community, but not only does it have a positive benefit on the communities, it also has a great effect on us as individuals," Harris stated.



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