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Published:Tuesday | November 3, 2015 | 1:20 PMKeisha Hill
Shawna Kidd (left), corporate communications manager at Nestlé, presents Athena Linton with a wheelchair and gift basket as part of her rewards in the Nestlé As You Wish promotion.
Ian Allen/Photographer Ian Allen/Photographer Shawna Kidd (left), corporate communications manager at Nestlé, presents Nordeen Haughton with a voucher for her Singer Machine that she received in the Nestle As You Wish promotion.
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NestlÈ Jamaica recently hosted the winners of their 'NestlÈ As You Wish' promotion at their corporate poffice in New Kingston, to culminate their 75th anniversary celebration.

Amid the festivities it was obvious that these individuals were grateful for the assistance extended to them by NestlÈ and a few could not hold back the tears as they reflected on their individual journey prior to having their wishes granted.

For young Nordeen Haughton, sewing comes naturally. A budding fashion designer, the 19 year-old from Claremont in Hanover wished for a sewing machine to assist her in advancing her career. "I have mixed emotions right now. I am grateful that NestlÈ granted my wish because it will help me to reach my goals," Haughton said.

Haughton is currently in her second year at the Montego Bay community college, pursuing studies in clothing and fashion designing.

Athena Linton is also happy that her wish was granted. Her daughter, Shanoya Hutchinson is diagnosed with hydrocephalus (fluid in the brain) and clubfoot (also called talipes equinovarus) used to describe a range of unusual positions of the foot.

Linton requested a wheelchair for her daughter and NestlÈ went a step further in giving her a tablet and a hamper of products. "I am very grateful to NestlÈ. My daughter will have corrective surgery soon so getting the wheelchair now has come at the right time," she said.

The 'NestlÈ As You Wish' promotion started in May 2015 with the objective of granting one wish per month.

Shawna Kidd, corporate communications manager at NestlÈ, every letter received and every wish granted provided the company with an immense feeling of fulfilment.

"If we had the means to grant all wishes we would, but unfortunately that was not financially possible. Every wish received was unique and special as each person who made it," Kidd said.

NestlÈ will in 2016 globally celebrate 150 years of commitment to nutrition, health and wellness. Other sponsors of the promotion included: The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited, the RJR Communications Group, Hope Zoo, Upper Cut Barber (Liguanea), Sangster's Bookstore and Carlong Publishers.

keisha.hill@gleanerjm.com