Sunday 21 July, 2019

Newly launched VM Foundation to focus on youth, health and family

Chairman, VM Foundation Courtney Campbell and beneficiaries of the VM Foundation philanthropic efforts, lit the candle of hope symbolising the collaboration and partnership which will be at the heart of the success of the foundation.

Chairman, VM Foundation Courtney Campbell and beneficiaries of the VM Foundation philanthropic efforts, lit the candle of hope symbolising the collaboration and partnership which will be at the heart of the success of the foundation.

The Victoria Mutual (VM) Group on Tuesday launched the Victoria Mutual Foundation, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in St Andrew.

The foundation, which will bring greater structure to the group’s philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts, aims to improve the quality of life of Jamaicans at home and in the diaspora. It will focus on youth empowerment; leadership and nation building; and health and family.

The launch event, which was attended by VM Group Chairman Michael McMorris; VM President and Chief Executive Officer and VM Foundation Chairman, Courtney Campbell; Minister of Health Christopher Tufton; members of the VM Group and VM Foundation boards as well as Foundation beneficiaries and other guests, was an emotional event at times, as VM Foundation Manager Brigette Levy was brought to tears as she spoke about the eagerness of VM team members who have signed up to volunteer on the Foundation’s projects that started since last year.

Courtney Campbell, Chairman, Victoria Mutual Foundation updates the audience on the way forward for the Victoria Mutual Foundation at its launch held at the Knutsford Court Hotel on May 8.  Listening intently are (L-R) Fae Ellington, CD, Emcee at the launch and Michael McMorris, Chairman, Victoria Mutual.

VM team member Dionne Taylor – compliance clerk and a VM Foundation volunteer, said working with the foundation has been the most fulfilling experience of her time at VM so far. She encouraged others to volunteer as well.

“In whatever way you can, for as long as you can - volunteer. I guarantee you will not regret it,” she said.

VM Future Plan Scholarship recipient Travis Rowe gave a stirring testimonial as a beneficiary of the Foundation’s efforts. He said he was motivated to reach for excellence.

“The Victoria Mutual brand is not an ordinary brand so I can’t afford to be an ordinary person,” he said.

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