The Young's gift of love for St AnnTuesday, February 19, 2019
Thirteen-time visitors to Jamaica Jay and Orsia Young presented 10 laptops to high school students, The Jamaica Constable Force (JCF) and The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) at Sandals Royal Plantation in St Ann last Friday.
“We are extremely happy and full of gratitude for this opportunity for us to own a laptop in our homes,” said Westwood High School student Olisa Jarrett as she thanked the Youngs. “You have chosen us and bestowed these valuable and much-needed laptops to make our studying so much easier.”
Locking eyes with the couple, she continued, “These gifts are very important to all of us, and we promise to make the best of them. We will not waste this opportunity and we thank you for giving them to us.”
Four other students received individual laptops — Ferncourt High's Carlos Walker, York Castle High's Mickel Nembhard, Ocho Rios High's Rickyon Bennett and Steer Town Academy's Brittany Green.
Two laptops went to the JFB, whose Assistant Superintendent Iris Ivy received the well-timed donation on the organisation's behalf, and the remaining three went to the JCF.
In addition to the laptops, each of the students received a backpack with school supplies from Arnold Nugent, general manager of Sandals Royal Planation, courtesy of Sandals Foundation.
“The Foundation is very passionate about educating our children to reach greatness, helping to do so by providing them with the resources and tools they need and creating environments where they will flourish as individuals. The laptops will surely assist them in preparation for their CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) and CAPE (Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exams) examinations and in making a difference in achieving greatness,” said Nugent.
The Youngs began their relationship with Jamaica many years ago when a friend took them to Sterling Primary School in Grange Hill, Westmoreland. They saw the need and since then have been bringing school supplies and laptops for distribution.
This most recent visit was their ninth to Sandals Resorts, their “home away from home”, where they have had opportunities to volunteer with the Sandals Foundation which has, since 2009, been providing support for students and schools in and around Negril, Montego Bay, Whitehouse and Ocho Rios.
“The Foundation is deeply rooted in the community and can identify where the greatest needs are. Our relationship with the Sandals Foundation has now resulted in an amazing circle of giving,” Jay said.
“Special thanks to our generous friends at home, 'The Venable law firm, especially the help of its IT department and Geoffrey Garinther. They have no idea the love and how rewarding it is to see the happy faces receiving these items they made possible. I will not soon forget the kind words of appreciation spoken by the beneficiaries. It was magical. Those children were extraordinary, so adorable, kind, gracious and well mannered. We are truly honoured to be able to be helpful to such deserving students,” he concluded.