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Energy company hosts treat for Old Harbour Bay students

Published:Saturday | August 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston/Gleaner Writer
Some of the students that were pre-selected for vouchers.
Verona Carter, vice-president, public affairs, at New Fortress Energy.

Last Thursday, New Fortress Energy treated students from schools in the Old Harbour Bay environs - Marlie Mount, Davies, Old Harbour, and Old Harbour Bay primary - to a day of fun, free medical examinations, and dental treatment, among other personal-care services.

The event, held at the Old Harbour Bay Community Centre, involved students who were pre-selected based on their academic performances as well as their financial needs, receiving vouchers valued at $6,000 to $8,000 and backpacks.

In her address to students and parents, Verona Carter, vice-president for public affairs at the company, said that New Fortress wanted to ensure that they built strong and powerful communities where they operated.




"We are really in this for the long run. We are committed to helping you the students reach your highest potential. In our books, every child deserves the opportunity to learn and grow. Every child deserves to reach his or her highest potential," she said.

According to Carter, the company realised that for it to achieve that goal, children must have access to the right resources, which is what the back-to-school treat is all about - giving to good students who are passionate to learn, grow, and reach their fullest potential hope.

Kereen Walker, one of the parents who benefited from the company's generosity, told The Gleaner that she was very grateful and appreciative.

"It has helped us, especially parents like me who have two children. When it comes to book list, it's a lot. So to get the assistance from them, it is rather great," she said with a smile.

Thursday's treat was the second of three held in communities in which New Fortress Energy operates.

The first was held in Clarendon on Wednesday, August 9, with the final one slated for Montego Bay on August 17.

New Fortress Energy first started Jamaica's transition to natural gas with its state-of-the-art liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Montego Bay that converted the JPS 120-megawatt Bogue power plant from diesel to natural gas and provides LNG to local partners like Red Stripe. New Fortress Energy is also developing the 94-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant at Jamalco in Halse Hall, Clarendon, and an offshore LNG terminal to provide natural gas to the JPS' new 190-megawatt power plant in Old Harbour Bay.