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Digicel, JCPD grant Christmas wish

Published:Sunday | December 25, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Roshane (left) shows off his latest publication to Digicel Foundation’s director of operations, Dane Richardson while his mother, Gennie Facey, looks on in the background.
It was a happy moment for entrepreneur Roshane Foster (second left), who was surprised by the Digicel Foundation and the JCPD with brand new computer equipment. Sharing in the moment are (from left) Adrienne Pinnock, public education officer, JCPD; Gennie Facey, mother of Roshane; and Dane Richardson, director of operations, Digicel Foundation.
Digicel Foundation's Dane Richardson (left) congratulates Roshane Foster on his high achievements.
Gennie Facey (right) greets Krystal Tomlinson (left) and Dane Richardson of the Digicel Foundation with tears of joy just before the surprise handover to her son, Roshane Foster.
Santa definitely had this little girl on the nice list as she poses with her brand new doll set at the Montego Bay Tree Lighting Ceremony.
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An enterprising young Jamaica living with cerebral palsy will remember this Christmas as the time he entered the workforce as an entrepreneur, after receiving a new computer, printer and external hard drive for his start-up technology firm, Ventura Tech.

While more than 3,000 children will 'Get Gifted' with toys, courtesy of Digicel during Christmas treats to be held islandwide.

The gift to Roshane Foster, who has refused to let the cerebral palsy crush his dreams, was made possible through collaboration between Digicel Foundation and the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD).

A recent surprise visit to Roshane's house in Manchester brought tears of joy from his mother Gennie Facey, who was happy to see her son's entrepreneurial dream come to life.

"Roshane has always wanted to start his own business and I have always known that he had it in him to be successful, but as a single parent it has been difficult to give him all he would need to succeed. I am so very appreciative. I could not ask for more," said Facey.

 

A GOOD START

 

She noted that this was a good start for Ventura Tech, a name hand-picked by her son for his business.

Roshane already supports his community through graphic design and other digital services. However, with new gadgets, he will now have better equipment to extend his business portfolio.

As Roshane spoke it became clear that he had great passion for his business. "Ventura Tech is very unique because I try to make sure each design is different and I listen to my customers, so that I can give them what they ask for. I put my heart and soul in each design so that makes a big difference."

He was eager to share his vision for the future, saying, "I see myself in the next five years with at least two computer shops and giving back to the persons who helped me to make my dream come true."

"We want to celebrate the resilient spirit of champions like Roshane, who want to contribute meaningfully, despite the hurdles along their way," said Dane Richardson, director of operations at the Digicel Foundation.

Through several initiatives, the foundation supports organisations to help address challenges in the disability sector.

 

FAR-REACHING EFFORTS

 

"Working with key agencies like the JCPD helps to ensure that our efforts are far-reaching and impactful," said Richardson.

From his certification in information technology and business administration to his own volunteerism in becoming the first active Rotaract Club member living with cerebral palsy, Roshane has made great strides.

In speaking about his next steps, he was steadfast in sharing how he wants to channel his own success to actively supporting members of the special-needs community.

"What I want is for persons to stop looking down on people with disabilities. We have a lot to offer, just like anyone else," said Roshane.

In the meantime, Digicel will continue giving toys to children tomorrow, with the Usain Bolt Treat in Sherwood Content Trelawny

Digicel Jamaica CEO David Butler said toy-giving has become a happy tradition of the company.

"Nothing warms our hearts more at this time of the year than seeing the joy a toy brings to children's faces. We are always very happy to support our ambassadors and community organisations that work hard to ensure we extend smiles right across Jamaica during the Yuletide," said Butler.