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GraceKennedy continues to bring cheer as it celebrates 95th anniversary

Published:Monday | December 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Don Wehby, group chief executive officer of GraceKennedy Ltd (right) making a presentation to a senior citizen while a member of the Grace staff looks on.

Like the traditional Santa Claus and his elves, Don Wehby, group chief executive officer of GraceKennedy Ltd, led his team and walked through the communities of downtown Kingston and rode on  coaster buses to the more distant locations, to spread Christmas cheer.

They visited children and the elderly of Craig Town, Majesty Gardens, Central Kingston, Payne Avenue and De La Vega City, to distribute baskets of goodies and sing carols.

For GraceKennedy, celebrating its 95th anniversary in downtown Kingston, Christmas treats are what they would call  “the icing on the cake” as the company has built up a strong tradition in serving both the young as well as senior members of the community through the Grace and Staff Community Development Foundation (GSCDF).

 “GraceKennedy  is not just about showing up once a year to hand out gifts … yes, we love to do that too.  But our relationship goes way beyond that. We are about building a better Jamaica."

Wehby was speaking to the seniors from Spanish Town and surrounding communities at the De La Vega City Community Centre in the old capital last Monday.

He made mention of a young man whom the company assisted in his educational pursuits based on a request from one of the seniors. The young man, Clinton Gordon subsequently scored 11 subjects (with several ‘A’s) in the secondary school (CSEC) exams.

According to Wehby, results like those, amplified the mutual benefits of a deep relationship between company and community.