Pre-Christmas treat at Yallahs Primary School
Jolyn Bryan, Gleaner Writer
Students at the Yallahs Primary School received a special treat at their end-of-year class party and annual fun day on Tuesday after Winston Welcome and his team provided snacks, juice, and ice cream as a sweet send-off into the Christmas holiday.
Welcome, otherwise known as Winnie British, Ikel Marvlous and his 'Team Shella'; promoters active in the United Kingdom and Jamaica, took a special interest in the school, and have made it their mission to do as much as they can for the children as well as the surrounding community. With the help of Bentley House and Balfour Beatty in the UK, Welcome donated several computers to the computer lab after a break-in at the school in May. Sports equipment, including footballs and cricket gear, were also among the items donated to the school in May.
Welcome told Rural Xpress that his generosity came from understanding the importance of education and the hardship many parents face in sending their children to school on a daily basis.
'We are having an upcoming event on December 20, a party in Yallahs, and we will make a cheque out to the school from the proceeds that we get from that - no matter how much we make.' he said.
Welcome is hoping that the cash donation will be used to assist students with exercise books and textbooks, as well as uniforms and shoes for those who cannot afford these items on their own.
Yvette Graham, principal of the school, commended Welcome for his generosity.
'He is a strong supporter of the school and we are happy for the interest he has taken in us.' she said.
Welcome also plans to expand his philanthropic efforts to other entities in the Yallahs area, with more events planned in the future to generate funds for donation.