Sunday 25 October, 2020

Sagicor throws support behind LAH’s Lemon-Aid Stand for Kids

Marie Dowdie (left), Assistant Branch Manager, Sagicor Bank Jamaica Liguanea Branch, presents a symbolic cheque to 11-year-old Imani-Leigh Hall, founder of the ILAH’s Lemon-Aid Stand for Kids Foundation, during a visit to the branch last Wednesday (July 8).

Marie Dowdie (left), Assistant Branch Manager, Sagicor Bank Jamaica Liguanea Branch, presents a symbolic cheque to 11-year-old Imani-Leigh Hall, founder of the ILAH’s Lemon-Aid Stand for Kids Foundation, during a visit to the branch last Wednesday (July 8).

As part of its ongoing support of education and assisting children in reaching their truest potential, Sagicor Foundation on last Wednesday donated $350,000 to the ILAH’s Lemon-Aid Stand for Kids Foundation, to purchase tablets for early childhood students.

The tablets, which will be presented to the Early Childhood Commission, will be disseminated to students who have been greatly disadvantaged by distance teaching and learning, which became the new normal when schools were shuttered to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The initiative was organised by Imani-Leigh Hall, an 11-year-old St Andrew High School student, who is also the founder of the ILAH’s Lemon-Aid Stand for Kids Foundation.

Hall, through the Foundation, hosted the ILAH’s Lemon-Aid Quarantine Fun Run – a 3k virtual run event which galvanized support from Jamaicans at home and abroad – to raise funds to purchase the mobile devices for indigent children.

“We are pleased to be part of this initiative and are inspired by Imani-Leigh’s efforts to raise funds in support of Jamaica’s youth. Education is a crucial part of our mandate at the Sagicor Foundation, and this initiative perfectly aligned with our commitment to support the development of our nation’s youth through education,” Alysia White, Executive Director for the Sagicor Foundation stated. 

Hall expressed gratitude for the donation from the Sagicor Foundation, stating “the coronavirus didn't stop us, as we gave meaning to the adage that ‘when life give your lemons you make lemonade’. Thank you, Sagicor for your support.”

The young philanthropist who lobbied for support from corporate Jamaica, also received sponsorships from other corporate entities and foundations.

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