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Bolt gives back to Sherwood Content

By COREY ROBINSON Observer staff reporter robinsonc@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, April 05, 2010    

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Sprint sensation Usain Bolt has been given the green light to commence repairs to the Sherwood Content Health Centre in his Trelawny hometown, as the star makes another effort to give back to his community.

A memorandum of understanding was signed last Wednesday between the National People's Co-operative Bank (NPCB) and the Ministry of Health, under which the health centre property owned by the NPCB, is to be leased for 10 years to the health ministry.

The Olympic and World Champion was ill and unable to attend the signing ceremony at the Development Bank of Jamaica in Kingston, but his manager Norman Peart, said the initiative was a critical step in improving health care in Sherwood Content.

"This project will begin in April and we will be attacking the roof right away because that is a community that has a lot of rainfall and the roof is badly damaged," Peart said.

"It (project) will continue into next year but we want to deal with the most pressing repairs. At the end we want to upgrade to having a dental chair, which I think will be a big boost to the clinic," he continued, citing the high cost of some very basic medical procedures.

Peart displayed images of the clinic, showing the deplorable conditions under which it served more than 1,000 residents annually. The overall cost of the repairs is estimated at $3 million dollars but Peart said he expected the amount to increase.

Approximately $1.5 million was raised in December from a party commemorating Bolt's astounding 9.58 seconds record in the 100 metres at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany. All proceeds of that event went directly towards the venture, Peart said.

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