Record fundraising intake being allocated by Hanover Charities
Hanover Charities' board members and guests at the recent scholarship and grant presentation in the parish.
Following an extremely successful year of fundraising, with a record-breaking intake of US$600,000, Hanover Charities awarded some 146 students with the Morris Watkins Memorial scholarship on Thursday.
This was while at the charity’s annual awards and grant ceremony at the Round Hill Hotels and Villas in the parish, some 51 organisations/groups serving the parish were also recipients of grants.
The funds were raised primary from the Sugar Cane Ball.
Hanover Charities' board members, guests and scholarship awardees at the presentation ceremony.
“There are so many in need, and not only in Jamaica. It is incredibly rewarding for us that we are able to distribute over Ja$81 million today,” noted Katrin Casserly, chairperson of Hanover Charities, at the annual awards ceremony.
An elated Casserly further expressed: “With these generous donations which have been entrusted to us at Hanover Charities, we are able to slowly - one by one project - make the gap smaller between the ‘haves’ and (the) ‘have nots’ through education.’
This year, Hanover Charities invested Ja$20 million in scholarships to students in a number of fields of study, ranging from teaching, medicine, nursing, psychology, agriculture, tourism and hospitality, and engineering. The over 140 scholars who were present at the ceremony beamed with pride and sang high praises to the Hanover Charities’ team for their generosity in helping them realise their dreams of attaining tertiary education.
Meanwhile, Casserly openly applauded the efforts of all the recipients of annual grants, noting that, “In seeming hopeless times, with senseless crime, our joint efforts to improve our social environment and help those who are most vulnerable is more important and critical than ever.”
In the meantime, among the many recipients of annual grants were the Hanover Parish Library, the Hanover Infirmary, Green Island Primary, Esher Primary, Hanover 4 H Clubs, the Hanover Municipal Corporation and the Cecile Clare Kitchen of Love.
Member of Parliament for Eastern Hanover, Dave Brown, was in attendance and brought greetings, while keynote speaker, Thalia Lyn, CEO of Island Grill, and NCB Foundation chairman, gave a moving speech, as she recounted the importance of believing in one’s self.
Hanover Charities is the largest non-profit organisation in western Jamaica. Celebrating its Diamond Jubilee in 2017, Hanover Charities, since its inception, has invested millions of United States dollars to help develop the parish of Hanover.