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Trans Caribe Express invests in local children's treat

Published:Thursday | December 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Lezlie Rutty (right), marketing director at Trans Caribe Express Shippers in East Orange, New Jersey, with former Digicel Rising Stars winner Shuga (centre), who paid a courtesy call on the company last week while visiting from Jamaica. At left is Shuga's road manager, Lauren Watkis.-Contributed photo

Cecelia Campbell-Livingston, Gleaner Writer

FREETOWN, Clarendon:TRANS CARIBE Express, a New Jersey-based family-owned shipping company, is committed to ensuring that the country of their birth, Jamaica, is never forgotten.

Years ago, the family founded Walker's Wood Youth Foundation in St Ann, which is now the company's main platform in giving back to Jamaica.

This year, the family is reaching out to a small community in Clarendon - Freetown - in a very special way.

Not only will they be shipping two barrels with supplies that were contributed by the diaspora free of cost, but they will be donating a barrel filled with toys and games to the children.

Marketing director Lezlie Rutty said when she heard her friends Althea Spence-Turner and Dave Rodney speaking about the plans, she did not hesitate.

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"We jumped at it because we wanted to expand to other communities to be able to impact on and transform the lives of other children. We would love to focus on a new area each year," she said.

In addition to their contributions to the Clarendon children, the family is helping the Walker's Wood All-Age School.

"Every year we set up a summer camp in the area. This year we were assisted with the camp by the US Peace Corps who taught the kids self-confidence, self-esteem and karate," said Rutty.

The company has also assisted with the shipment of a trailer of medical supplies for Jah Jah Foundation to Jamaica.

The Jah Jah Foundation comprises Jamaicans abroad who are involved with helping fellow Jamaicans back home. The drive is powered by Dr Trevor Dixon in New York and the supplies are sent to the Kingston Public Hospital.

Trans Caribe has been in the shipping business for more than 30 years.

The company was started by Rutty's father, who has now retired, leaving his children to run the legacy. The family hails from Walker's Wood in St Ann.

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