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Hanover Charities raises record $59m

BY ANTHONY LEWIS
Observer writer

Thursday, June 29, 2017

 

Chairperson of Hanover Charities, Katrin Casserly, says her organisation is proud to have raised a whopping $59 million this year to assist individuals and institutions in the parish, despite the uncertain economic climate.

“I am extremely proud to report that we raised yet another record amount of over $59 million, an increase of $15 million more than last year,” Casserly said during the charity's annual grant ceremony, held at the Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Hanover last week.

“It is increasingly difficult to raise funds, especially in an uncertain economic climate, and as such this achievement has made us even more proud,” an elated Casserly added.

“The hard work and commitment of this journey to help others by our board members, fund-raising committee members and volunteers, has indeed paid off once again. There are so many in need, and not only in Jamaica.”

Funds for the charity organisation was raised through the annual staging of its 'Sugar Cane Ball', which was held at the Round Hill in February.

“It was our (60th) Diamond Jubilee celebration and our largest ball to date. Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife Juliet, as well as Dr Peter and Mrs Phillips, local dignitaries and ambassadors were amongst our guests,” Casserly pointed out.

She added: “Last year we were able to donate computer labs to Esher Primary, Church Hill Primary and Rusea's High School Campus 2. Being present at the opening of Rusea's Computer Lab last week made my heart full, the pride and joy was incredible, and I am not even the lucky students using the 40 brand new computers, top-notch technology.”

Casserly said that among their many annual grants they have once again identified several schools, which are in dire need of computer labs or their existing labs have to be upgraded to meet the required standards.

“Thanks to the collaboration with MP Hayles in Western Hanover we will be able to assist Askenish All-Age, Pell River Primary, Cove Primary and St Simons Primary [and] Logwood Basic School's new building to house three more classrooms will be completed next month,” she revealed.

Casserly also pointed out that Hanover Charities has given out 17 more scholarship awards this year in comparison to last year.

“We are proud of our Hanover Charities - Morris-Watkins Scholarship awardees.

In our 17th year of this scholarship programme, Hanover Charities will award 142 students, 17 students more than last year, and there are many success stories: for example, Paul Fraser who is now a pilot; and Shantell Brissett, Aidon Sutherland who are now doctors at Cornwall Regional. It is with great pleasure and pride that we are able to assist so many young Hanoverians so they may have a chance in reaching their professional goal and realise their dreams.

“We ensure to cover a cross section of professions and our scholars receive assistance in the tertiary education in fields such as medicine, law, education, social work, nursing, psychology, computer science, business, accounting and more,” Casserly said.

The scholarship awards were valued at over $19 million.

Meanwhile, some 66 organisations were recipients of the annual and general grants of over $33 million.