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Corporate Hands: Water Tank Challenge Gets a Gusher

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2015 | 3:00 AM
Tricia Williams-Singh (second left), talks with Kevin Hendrickson (third right), managing director of the Courtleigh Hotel during a cheque presentation to purchase water tanks for needy schools. Others in the photo are from left: Damian Williams - banquet house, Jamaica Pegasus hotel; Oliver Kinghorne - bellhop, Melissa Hendrickson -director of projects and Suzette Davy-Lawrence a chef at the Knutsford Court Hotel.

Launched last September, the push-up challenge to place water tanks in needy schools, spearheaded by Digicel's Trisha Williams-Singh and Olympian Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, has donated some 50 tanks to schools across Jamaica. Last Wednesday, the Hendrickson family donated $250,000 to the challenge to purchase more tanks for this worthy cause. The presentation took place at New Kingston's Courtleigh Hotel.

After one of the worst droughts ever experienced by the island, Williams-Singh and Cuthbert-Flynn challenged everyone to do 10 push-ups and make a donation towards the tanks. The target was $500,000, but they surpassed it.

Kate Hendrickson, director of projects for the Hendrickson Group, said they decided to support the venture because the staff had participated in the challenge and the boss had committed to match what they made.

"Plus, with our four properties located between the two major cities, we have to give back. Also, Williams-Singh always does things from the heart. When she gets an idea, she fights for it, follows it through to completion, and is always accountable, so it's hard to say no to someone like her," Hendrickson said.

The hotel chain also supports other major charities, but their staff were enthused because they, like other parents, drop children at school daily and want the assurance that they are in a safe, hygienic and clean atmosphere. Hendrickson said they would soon be collaborating with Williams-Singh on a campaign to rid all schools of pit latrines.