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Nestlé grants customers' wishes - Security officer among those surprised

Published:Monday | August 3, 2015 | 8:00 AMKeisha Hill
Shawna Kidd (left), corporate communications and customer relations manager, Nestlé Jamaica Limited, presents Natalie Singleton, security contractor at Guardsman Limited, University of the West Indies campus, with one of the tablets she received during a surprise visit from the Nestlé team in the Nestlé As You Wish Promotions.

Being a staple in consumers' homes, Nestlé recently presented one of its customers, Nathalie Singleton, with items she wished for in the Nestlé As You Wish Promotion.

For Singleton, a single mother of two children who works as a security officer with the Guardsman Group, it was a dream realised after she was presented with two tablets to support her children's education, grocery vouchers and a gift basket of Nestlé products.

"I am elated because I have never won anything in my life. It will go a long way in helping me with the children," Singleton said. A team from Nestlé surprised Singleton while on the job at Taylor Hall on the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies.

Currently enrolled at the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), pursing her studies in security administration management, Singleton is trying to make herself qualified for the competitive workforce. "Growing up, I wanted to become a police officer. However, I was encouraged to work with the Guardsman Group and continue my education. Sometimes it's hard, but God has helped me. I also have family that assists me as well, especially my mother," Singleton said.

While Singleton is at work and school, her mother helps to take care of the children and even assists her financially. "My children keep me going. I do not want them to go through the same things I have, so I am working hard to ensure that I can create a firm foundation for them," she said.

 

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She has been working with the Guardsman Group for two years and will be going into her third year at the CMI. Her tuition for the year is $370,000, and, based on her limited resources, she wrote to Nestlé seeking help for her children to return to school. She indicated that she is continuing her drive for higher education as it will enable her to be able to support her children better, especially when they get to the high school.

Shawna Kidd, corporate communications and customer relations manager at Nestlé, said, "When we read her letter, we were moved by her gallant efforts to support her children, work, as well as continue her studies. We felt it necessary to assist her."

keisha.hill@gleanerjm.com