YOW Foundation hosts back-to-school event
Franklin Town in east Kingston has produced a number of famous people, such as singer Wayne Wonder and deejays Papa San and Spragga Benz.
Artiste manager/show promoter Delroy Escoffrey grew up in that community and has never forgotten his roots.
On Saturday and Sunday, his Youth Of The World (YOW) Foundation stages its Back-To-School Charity Family Fun Day to assist Thornton Primary and Infant School in St Elizabeth and Franklin Town Primary School.
Escoffrey’s wife Natasha attended Thornton Primary, while he is a past student of Franklin Town Primary. The events — which will see approximately 500 students receiving bags, books, and pencils and refreshment — takes place at the school compounds.
“Growing up less fortunate I think it’s important I give back. As a man of God, that’s always important,” said Escoffrey, who once managed acts like Spragga Benz and Red Rat.
He launched YOW nine years ago with radio personality DJ Bambino to help needy students at several schools.
The last three stagings — the COVID-19 pandemic forced a cancellation of the 2021 and 2022 events — have benefited students from Franklin Town Primary.
He told the Jamaica Observer that his team does intense due diligence before making donations.
“We target kids who are less fortunate but they have to be doing well academically. The important thing is to help because not everyone can afford the items,” he said.
Escoffrey attended Camperdown High School after leaving Franklin Town Primary. He got involved in the music business shortly after graduating from Camperdown, working in artiste management and show promotion in Jamaica and the United States.
He has maintained ties with the entertainment industry since becoming a Christian seven years ago, and is currently part of Minister Marion Hall’s management team.
— Howard Campbell