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PM lauds work of RuJohn Foundation

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller has lauded the philanthropic work of the RuJohn Foundation, which targets the social upliftment of Jamaica's youth.

Simpson Miller, who was addressing the foundation's awards banquet at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Sunday, applauded the sincerity and steadfast commitment of the foundation in staging the annual camps and ceremonies, which have been inspiring young people in and around Kingston and Montego Bay.

"Any contribution to the youth of the country is a contribution to the development of the country, and any contribution to education is a contribution to the present and future of the country, Simpson Miller said.

Sunday night's event saw some 25 students and schools being awarded scholarships, cash, computers, sporting equipment and school furniture.

The top prize of the evening was the Simpson Miller Award presented to Miltonia Thompson, who received $500,000 and a mini iPad. Other awardees included: Paul Jerome Jackson and Sheena Campbell, both of whom copped the Bachelor Award, each getting $300,000 and mini iPads; and Oleaq Richards, Shadai Miller and Louisa Anna Taylor, who eachreceived scholarships worth $150,000 as well as mini iPads.

The award for outstanding leadership in and out of school was presented to Joel Nomdarkham of Kingston College, who received $320,000 and a plaque. The youngster was stunned by the cash award which was revealed only on the night, and expressed his appreciation. "It's really an amazing feeling to be here (on stage). All my life I have been helping people and to know that I am blessed in such a way is truly amazing. I am most appreciative of this award," he said.

Five other students each received the RuJohn Foundation award of $20,000 and laptop computers to assist in their studies at college. They are: Decodia Miller, Herbert Morrison Technical; Javanni Waugh, Kingston College; Sherdeana Brooks and Devonie Bernard of Rusea's High; and Lij tau Thompson of Manning's High School.

Kingston College received a donation of US$2,000, presented by Byron Bachelor, a director of the foundation and a past student of the school.

Some 13 other schools received furniture, sporting equipment and other gifts. They are: Whitfield Town All- Age; Bridgeport High; Rusea's High; Calabar High; Manning's High; Waterford High; Copper Basic School; Mount Nebo School; Excelsior High; Runaway Bay Heart Academy; Herbert Morrison High; Hope Fellowship; and Spanish Town High.