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FLOW stages seventh Skool Aid

Published:Friday | August 26, 2016 | 8:01 AM

Telecommunications firm FLOW will once again ease some of the financial burden during the back- to- school period with the seventh staging of its annual Skool Aid, which has assisted more than 300,000 families since its inception. This year the massive event is scheduled for Sunday, August 28 at Jamworld Entertainment Centre in Portmore, St Catherine, beginning at 10 a.m.

Children attending the event will have free access to medical, optical and dental checks, barbering for males and hair consultancy for females, as well as free school bags.  Twenty students will also have the opportunity to win scholarships.

“It is important that we give back to Jamaica and support parents during this period as they assist their children with continuing their education,” said FLOW’s vice-president of Marketing & TV, Carlo Redwood. “Each year we continue to invest millions of dollars in this event while working closely with our FLOW Foundation to fully execute its mandate of supporting education for Jamaica’s youth.” 

To gain entry and access to free services and other benefits, patrons are asked to secure tickets with the purchase of $400 FLOW top-up, available at  FLOW locations in Kingston, Spanish Town and Portmore.

“We understand that it can be extremely costly for parents to pay for yearly medical or dental visits and so, by coming to Skool Aid - especially for families with multiple children - we are able to offer significant savings for them at this time of year. Our medical team also aims to complete as many school medicals as possible, which is a compulsory requirement for attending school,” Redwood said.  More than 80 health care professionals will be on location at Jamworld to provide free services.

Skool Aid 2016 will also offer fun and relaxation for families and FLOW has announced that one of the highlights of the events will be the island’s largest water slide in the children’s amusement park section, along with a petting zoo.

Various agencies are collaborating with FLOW, including the Ministry of Health, HEART Trust NTA, Jamaica Library Service (JLS), Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), National Road Safety Council (NRSC) Child Development Agency (CDA) and PATH programme. Corporate sponsors include Courts Optical Ltd, Sangster’s Book Store and other retailers who will be offering significantly discounted prices.

FLOW has also partnered with the JUTC to provide free Skool Aid transportation from Half-Way Tree and locations in and around Portmore and Spanish Town.