Hanover Charities award $25 million in scholarships
APPROXIMATELY $25 million in scholarships was distributed by the Hanover Charities, an entity affiliated with the Round Hill Hotel, during its official annual awards presentation ceremony on Wednesday at the Hanover-based hotel.
Ninety scholarships were granted to youngsters from the parish who needed assistance to further their education in disciplines such as law, education, social work, nursing, communications, and agriculture. Sixty-four students were similarly awarded last year.
In her address, chairman of Hanover Charities Katrin Casserly said the funds were raised during the resort's Sugar Cane Ball, which the 58-year-old organisation staged in February this year.
"I am extremely proud to report that we raised yet another record amount of more than $30 million in just one weekend," Casserly said. "It is increasingly difficult to raise funds in this ever-changing economic climate, and as such, this achievement has made us even more proud. It is incredibly rewarding for board members and the fundraising committee that we are able to distribute more than $24 million, which will be going directly to your organisations."
Boosting of agri-business
Casserly said the organisation has paid particular attention to the boosting of agri-business in Jamaica, and as such, sought to tackle more large-scale agricultural projects in addition to the annual grants, which are distributed to schools and other institutions in the parish.
"For one, we have partnered with Farm Up Jamaica, a not-for-profit charitable organisation focusing on organic farming across the island. They employ and educate farmers as well as students in new techniques," Casserly said.
"Our first pilot project is the already successful schoolyard garden and drumming classes at the Watford Hill Primary School," she added. "The programme is not only about planting vegetable gardens in a school, it is also about the commercial side of farming, where you educate the children about how to sell their produce."
Some of the beneficiaries of the annual and general grants included the West Haven Children's Home, the Hanover Parish Library, the Hanover Mediation Centre, the Hanover Infirmary and the Hopewell Jaycees.