Friday 3 April, 2020

COVID-19: Maxfield Park Children's Home gets Frenchmen support

(From left) Zachary Chung, project manager, Frenchmen Team; Debbie Dunn Ferguson, administrator, Maxfield Park Children’s Home; Emprezz Golding, Chairman, Maxfield Park Children’s Home; Kyry Burke, hospitality, Maxfield Park Children’s Home; Leisha Wong, director, Elle Creative Ltd.; Elena Lynch, director, Elle Creative Ltd.; Christopher Wright, hospitality, Maxfield Park Children’s Home; Brett Wong, managing director, Big Jo (Coldfield Manufacturing Ltd). (Photo: Brian Ricketts)

(From left) Zachary Chung, project manager, Frenchmen Team; Debbie Dunn Ferguson, administrator, Maxfield Park Children’s Home; Emprezz Golding, Chairman, Maxfield Park Children’s Home; Kyry Burke, hospitality, Maxfield Park Children’s Home; Leisha Wong, director, Elle Creative Ltd.; Elena Lynch, director, Elle Creative Ltd.; Christopher Wright, hospitality, Maxfield Park Children’s Home; Brett Wong, managing director, Big Jo (Coldfield Manufacturing Ltd). (Photo: Brian Ricketts)

As the novel coronavirus continues to affect all aspects of Jamaican society, party promoters Frenchmen stepped up to support the Maxfield Park Children’s Home in St Andrew, answering the call by donating much-needed items during this time.

The Frenchmen team donated non-perishable food items, toiletries, cleaning supplies and an 800-gallon water tank to the home.

“While we have absorbed our financial set backs during this period, it is important to put everything into perspective,” said Ian Wong, Director, Frenchmen / Fantasy Mecca Fêtes Ltd, in a press release.

“It is important to remember those that are less fortunate than ourselves. We used our resources, in association with our sponsors, to provide these necessities and support those who truly need our assistance right now. We will continue to help those in any way we can as we all work to overcome COVID-19 together."

The donation was under the promoters’ “Frenchmen Cares” initiative, in association with their creative agency, Elle Creative Ltd, and supported by some of their longtime sponsors (Grace Foods, Quality Inc, Big Jo, Pure Country juices, and Colombina).

Grace Foods generously contributed an extensive range of supplies including corned beef, Vienna sausages, mixed vegetables, Grace rice and pasta, cornmeal, instant oats, ketchup, oil, vinegar, laundry detergent, disinfectant and much more.

“Grace Foods is pleased to partner with the Frenchmen family on this important initiative, which we hope will positively impact some of the more vulnerable in our society,” said Tamara Thompson, general manager, Grace Foods and Services.

“We encourage all Jamaicans to take collective action and do whatever they can to care for those at risk in these challenging times.”

The Maxfield Park Children’s Home continues to do incredible work, nurturing the growth of approximately 110 children, aged from newborns to 18 years old, the release noted.

Emprezz Golding, chairman of the Maxfield Park Children’s Home, advised that currently 36 staff members have also been quarantined on the compound in order to protect the health of the children.

“They have all volunteered to leave their own families and lockdown inside the facility for a few weeks so that we can prevent the spread of the virus in the home,” she said.

Golding thanked the Frenchmen team for executing this contribution on behalf of themselves and their partners.

“It really means a lot because we are struggling, and we have been struggling, especially to secure enough resources to provide for the children and staff over the next month in case COVID-19 spreads further in society,” Golding said.

One main need is their access to water, she said.

“Water comes and goes, and now with so many additional staff members on property, in a residential setting, now more than ever we need back-up water,” she added.

It was in response to this need that the Frenchmen team contributed an 800-gallon water tank.

“Team work makes the dream work, so on behalf of the children…thank you,” Golding said.

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