Wray & Nephew Foundation bonding with retirees through volunteerism
Clement ‘Jimmy’ Lawrence, Chairman, JWN and JWN Foundation.
J Wray and Nephew (JWN) Foundation is looking to capitalise on the bond that exists with its ‘family’ members who contributed countless hours to the company’s operations up to retirement, by hosting a luncheon in their honour and incorporating them into the foundation’s activities.
Over 50 pensioners will be feted by the foundation at this year’s luncheon, which will be held on Tuesday, February 20 at the Spanish Court Hotel, beginning at noon.
The foundation operates under three main pillars - social inclusion, education and culture. It was established in 2012, and focuses specifically on developing the communities surrounding J Wray & Nephew’s operations - at Spanish Town Road in Kingston, New Yarmouth in Clarendon and Appleton Estate in St Elizabeth.
Many of the people in these areas face enormous challenges due of their circumstances, and the JWN Foundation seeks to address some of these social shortcomings as it works under the theme, ‘Transforming lives and communities for a better Jamaica’.
Activities geared towards long-term social intervention, which also overlaps with education and culture, are a regular feature of the foundation, and in many instances, include not only adults, but hundreds of students. Supporting community councils and the hosting of annual Christmas treats are among the activities which are to be expanded this year.
The company is also focused on involving the caring hands of the seniors who have nurtured generations of children, in its community activities. They are to be incorporated into its fold of volunteers to assist in the smooth and accident-free running of the foundation’s activities.
The issue of volunteerism is not new to the foundation, since over the years, it has partnered with various groups, including the Kiwanis Club, to ensure much-needed support at events that are crafted for schools within its neighbouring communities.
“We see the involvement of our pensioners, our extended family, as a meaningful way of fostering that partnership. This participation provides our nation’s most giving individuals, the elderly, (with) an opportunity to remain active beyond their years of duty,” said Clement ‘Jimmy’ Lawrence, Chairman, JWN and JWN Foundation.
The foundation made huge strides last year in executing some key aspects of its programme, by quadrupling its annual scholarship awards for secondary and tertiary-level students, from 25 to 100; in addition to launching its initial fundraiser – Expressions of Art - Protecting our Children, a silent auction and screening of two local films with Jamaican authors and writers that targeted raising funds and focused on the growing monster of crime that is ravaging mostly adult women and girls in a most abusive fashion.
According to figures released by the police and the Child Development Agency (CDA), a particular St Andrew community numbers among the highest incidents of child abuse nationally.
“This year, the JWN Foundation will be striving to make a deeper impact to rid our society of these ills in the Jamaican society, while also strengthening our scholarship awards,” said Lawrence.