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Digicel delivers school supplies

Published:Thursday | August 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM
A happy Tanisha Dunn displays her $20,000 cheque that she received, courtesy of Digicel, on Saturday, August 23, in downtown Kingston. - Contributed photos
Sponsorship executive at Digicel, Danielia McLean (centre), poses with Marjorie Kelly (left), winner of a $10,000 book voucher, and Charmaine Duckett, who won a $20,000 cash prize. Digicel made a surprise visit to the downtown Kingston shopping district on Saturday, August 23, giving away more than $500,000 in book grants, cash, smartphones, modems, credit and other prizes.

Vendors in downtown Kingston were in for a treat on Saturday, August 23, when telecoms giant Digicel made a surprise appearance with brand ambassador Miss Kitty and Agent DG to give away more than $500,000 in book grants and cash prizes, along with smartphones, credit and other back-to-school goodies.

Merlene Ritchie, a mother of nine who has been selling clothes in downtown Kingston for more than five years, could not withhold her elation after winning a $20,000 cash prize.

"A $3,000 alone mi sell from morning and dat couldn't cover everything that I need to buy up for back to school. So it feels so good to know that somebody cares and is trying to help the country."

Other vendors and shoppers toting book lists also won back-to-school vouchers valued at $10,000 each. So far, Digicel has delivered back-to-school items to more than 10,000 students in various communities islandwide and will continue its trek across Jamaica with donations of schoolbags, books, pens, pencils, calculators and other items to various schools, treats and charity groups.