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Le’Omari Walters - Yearning for positive community changes

Published:Thursday | December 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines
Le'Omari Walters takes part in an Earth Day beach clean-up as president of the Interact Club and permanent secretary for the Red Cross.
Le'Omari Walters takes part in an Earth Day beach clean-up.
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Self-interest and words of encouragement best delivered from the lips of a caring mother are what sparked 18-year-old upper sixth-form student Le'Omari Walters into action.

"I started in October 2014 at the age of 16. I took interest, having seen others like me and older giving of their time selflessly for the well-being of others," the young man told The Gleaner.

A resident of Bounty Hall in Trelawny, Walters is currently the permanent secretary for Red Cross at Cornwall College, Western Division;

former president and current student adviser for the Cornwall College Interact Club; and is closely affiliated with the Rotary Club of Montego Bay.

In speaking to his community involvement, Walters said: "I work mainly through the Rotary Club of Montego Bay. [Since] I'm a student, I joined the Interact Club. Through Interact, I engage in school, community, and international projects."

As a student of Cornwall College in Montego Bay, Walters admitted that his

network was greater in the Second City, meaning that his major initiatives are usually centred in Montego Bay.

However, his hometown in Trelawny is no stranger to his acts of generosity as he just recently capped off the year with a festive initiative in the parish.

To date, Walters is most proud of a joint initiative coordinated by students from Cornwall College and Mt Alvernia High School to assist students sitting the Grade Four Literacy Test.

"It was dubbed the Literacy Enhancement and Advancement Project at the Chetwood Memorial Primary School. Our main aim was to improve their literacy abilities," he said.

"I saw the need as there was a significant decline in their passes over the past two years. Having heard afterwards that there was a 34 per cent increase in passes compared with the previous year, I felt truly accomplished."

Near-perfect balance

As a devoted student whose travel to and from school is in excess of two hours daily, the candid youngster credits

perseverance and time

management for having struck a near-perfect balance across the board.

He said: "To be honest, it wasn't easy at first, but

perseverance and proper time management enabled me to continue. Willingness was a key factor. It was a bit easier for me than others because the organisation in which I worked was at my fingertips, so I was adequately informed, and where projects were concerned, they were planned to fit into my schedule."

While expressing his firm intention to kickstart his own movement, sooner rather than later, Walters' main aim is to make a difference that will have a positive impact on the lives within his surroundings.

"The warmth and assurance I feel, knowing that I aided selflessly, is overwhelming. It's an experience that helps to drive my intuition. To those out there who would follow in this same manner, I say to you, 'Give without a thought of receiving'. I urge you to walk this route with me and many others out there trying to

elevate positivity all around the country."

Projects undertaken by Le'Omari Walters:

Trelawny:

n An international coastal beach clean-up

n Volunteering with the National Youth Service to provide pharmaceutical aid to the Falmouth Hospital

n Christmas hamper initiative during the 2015-16 festive seasons, which saw non-

perishable food items being distributed to the less

fortunate.

Montego Bay:

n An international coastal beach clean-up

n Earth Day beach clean-up and tree planting

n Charles Gordon Market clean-up and renovation on Labour Day

n Youth empowerment seminar at UWI

n Go Green Initiative at Cornwall College