Saturday 7 December, 2019

Sporting clays tournament raises $1.2m for Ja Society for the Blind

Danzell Knight (left) organiser of the You Can Do Anything charity sporting clays tournament and Bruce DuQuesnay (2nd left) of the Jamaica Skeet Club present a  symbolic cheque for $1.2 million to Mary Mitchell-Coombs (right) of the Jamaica Society for the Blind.

Danzell Knight (left) organiser of the You Can Do Anything charity sporting clays tournament and Bruce DuQuesnay (2nd left) of the Jamaica Skeet Club present a symbolic cheque for $1.2 million to Mary Mitchell-Coombs (right) of the Jamaica Society for the Blind.

The second staging of the You Can Do Anything charity sporting clays tournament, which was held in May at the Jamaica Skeet Club, raised $1.2 million for the Jamaica Society for the Blind.

Danzell Knight, the organiser of the charity tournament, handed over the cheque to the beneficiary last week Thursday.

Knight was happy to have contributed to the Jamaica Society for the Blind.

Knight said that the charity event was repeated in 2019 to benefit the Jamaica Society for the Blind because he wanted to do more for the hard-working persons who contribute to helping blind persons.

"Honestly, I didn’t feel that I did as much or collected as much as I could in the first year," Knight said.

"I took into account that many of the sponsors were going to be skeptical of who we were giving the money to.  Based on the success last year, this year kind of paved the road for many new sponsors and people that want to show interest.  So I feel successful not that I have raised much more but that I have also raised awareness to the Society for the Blind and to the sport of skeet shooting," Knight further added.

Conrad Harris, the executive director for the Jamaica Society for the Blind, welcomed the funds.

He said, “we are more than happy.  The funds that were raised were significant but for me what is so important is the person who did it, the motivation, the initiative that the person took and I am talking about Danzell now.  So yes we are extremely happy."

The money will be used to cover the cost of several blind persons to attend classes in English and Maths and to sit exams at the CXC and CSEC level.

In addition, the society will also construct a multi-function outdoor space that will be used to create and complete craft projects and stage various events.

Roman Tavares-Finson won the tournament while Wendy McMaster took the ladies' title.

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