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Magna Motors Give Disabilities Assn a Lift

Published:Wednesday | August 3, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Rudolph Brown/Photographer Yasheka Brown (left) and Ramoy Rodriques (right), show Elis Jimenez (centre), after sales manager, Magna Motors Dealership Limited, how to play the drum while Erick Gutierrez (standing), supply chain director, Magna Group and Sonia Jackson, president, Jamaican Association on Intellectual Disabilities at the Randolph Lopez School of Hope looks on.
Erick Gutierrez (right), supply chain director, Magna Group, and Elis Jimenez, after-sales manager, make a US$10,000 cheque presentation to Christine Rodriguez, (left), executive director, Jamaican Association on Intellectual Disabilities, and Sonia Jackson, president, Jamaican Association on Intellectual Disabilities, at the Randolph Lopez School of Hope in St Andrew.
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The Jamaican Association on Intellectual Disabilities (JAID) has received US$10,000 from Magna Motors Dealership Limited towards the installation of a state-of-the-art wheelchair lift.

Magna Motors, after-sales manager, Elis Jimenez, presented the cheque to the president of JAID, Sonia Jackson, during a brief ceremony held at the organisation's 7 Golding Avenue offices in St Andrew on July 26.

Jackson expressed gratitude for the donation. "You are supporting us in fulfilling a long-term dream," she said.

She said that the installation of the lift is part of improvements to the main building at the Randolph Lopez School of Hope, which houses JAID. The works are expected to be completed in time for the start of the new academic year in September.

Jackson noted that the lift will provide ease of access to the building for students with physical challenges. It will also bring the organisation in line with the Disabilities Act of 2014, which makes provision to safeguard and enhance the welfare of persons with disabilities across Jamaica and to ensure full and effective participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Jimenez, in his remarks, said the donation signifies the beginning of a partnership between the Hyundai exclusive dealer in Jamaica and JAID.

"This school transcends academic instruction to provide the children with a rich sense of community, allowing them to see the world through a prism of optimism. I would like to commend JAID for the outstanding work over the years, which has allowed our children to thrive and make a way for themselves," he said.

"We want to play a role in reshaping the narrative of intellectual disabilities, ensuring that the children do not become victims of limitations," he added.

These are the Randolph Lopez School of Hope, Windsor School of Special Education, Woodlawn School of Special Education, Llandilo School of Special Education, and Edgehill School of Special Education.