Tuesday 26 March, 2019

FFP, Red Stripe build house for fire victim on Labour Day

(From left): Ricardo Nuncio, managing director of Red Stripe; Marsha Burrell Rose, developing and marketing manager for Food for the Poor Jamaica; Fitzroy Manning, recipient of the house; and Garth Williams, sustainability manager at Red Stripe. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid)

(From left): Ricardo Nuncio, managing director of Red Stripe; Marsha Burrell Rose, developing and marketing manager for Food for the Poor Jamaica; Fitzroy Manning, recipient of the house; and Garth Williams, sustainability manager at Red Stripe. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid)

“I feel so glad to have back a home for myself.”

Fitzroy Manning expressed his delight as workmen from Food For The Poor Jamaica and Red Stripe, through the D&G Foundation, worked feverishly on Labour Day to put up the structure that he will now call home.

The house, located along the Bernard Lodge main road in Spanish Town, is the first of 10 houses that will be built in farming communities that participate in Red Stripe's Project Grow cassava farming project aimed at increasing the amount of local starch used in the production of the beer maker's products.

Red Stripe, FFP build house on Labour Day

Manning's house was damaged in fire years ago and he had been living in an inadequate structure ever since. But after he applied to the Food For The Poor charity for a home, the organisation joined forces with Red Stripe to build the house for him.

Manning said, “I had a home before and it burned down. At the time I didn’t even know where I stand. Some people asked me if I wasn’t going to cry, but I said if I cry it wasn’t going to help anything.

“I am really glad that Food For The Poor and Red Stripe are doing this for me, as where I was, I wasn’t comfortable,” Manning said.

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