Friday 25 September, 2020

St Faith's Foundations gives back to school in Glengoffe

In 2019, the foundation attracted sponsorship from residents and business owners from Canada, England and US, and they were able to do two events, one in May and another in December.

In 2019, the foundation attracted sponsorship from residents and business owners from Canada, England and US, and they were able to do two events, one in May and another in December.

When childhood friends Peter Bennett, and cousins Steve and Tyrone Williams established the St Faith's Foundation two years ago, little did they know that they would have received such a groundswell of support from the residents of Glengoffe, St Catherine.

"We attended the St Faith's Basic and Primary school, the school played a tremendous role in our development, so we wanted to do something. We are from Glengoffe, it is our community and we needed to give back to the area, so this is our way of giving back and passing the blessing forward," Steve Williams, a member of the board of directors of the St. Faith's Foundation said.

In 2018, the first event, a Back to School Fun Day in December, pulled out hundreds of kids from the community to enjoy bounce-about, carnival rides and free ice cream all day. Music was provided by Quality One.

"We had food and beverages for sale and we made $184,000 which we then donated that money to the school," Williams said.

In 2019, the foundation attracted sponsorship from residents and business owners from Canada, England and US, and they were able to do two events, one in May and another in December. Some of the sponsors include Cheap and Clean Auto Sales in Florida and Bettakutz Barbers in the UK.  

"We got a lot of help the following year with an extended book and bag drive and we got several bags and books donated by sponsors, all of which were shipped from Florida to Jamaica. We were able to provide 147 gift bags for all the children of St. Faiths so it was a joyous Christmas for all," he said.

The plans are already well advanced to make the 2020 editions of the event.

"We are planning to do a Back to School Summer event for the kids and then again at Christmas, and it's going to be bigger and better, we just need more sponsors on board, we all have to give back, charity begins at home," Williams said.

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