Monday 20 November, 2017

Reading teacher is ‘Who’s your Hero’ winner

Latoya Wakefield, who is on a mission to raise the literacy level among Jamaicans, has won the Loop Jamaica ‘Who’s your Hero’ campaign.

Wakefied is the founder of Literacy Ja, an online platform that assists all ages of people to read. Her initiative was inspired after a barely-literate adult approached her earlier this year seeking help to improve her reading skills.

See Latoya’s story here: http://bit.ly/2yDN1NR

A counselor at the Women’s Centre in St Mary who goes above and beyond for her students, Merlene Campbell-Green finished a strong second. She said she sees herself in the teen mothers she counsels daily at the centre, while lending a hand any way she can to ensure the females are properly taken care of in an effort to make it easier for them to make the transition back to high school.

See Merlene’s story here: http://bit.ly/2h3J8Ie

Erica Allen, a member of the Jamaican Madhouse charity group who uses her time to feed the homeless, placed third in the campaign. Since 2015, she has fed hundreds of homeless Jamaicans with the assistance of three relatives – her son, mother, and aunt. For the kind-hearted Allen, it’s just the least of what she would like to do to help the less fortunate.

See Erica’s story here:  http://bit.ly/2h22ayl