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Holness donates $500,000 to child with Down syndrome

Published:Saturday | December 29, 2018 | 9:49 AM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness plays with Daniellia during his visit to the Mustard Seed Communities

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has donated $500,000 to support the educational well-being of a child diagnosed with Down syndrome.

The child, three-year-old Daniellia Wright, was abandoned at a hospital at birth and is now being cared for at the Mustard Seed Communities.    

Holness made the donation after he became enamoured with Daniellia during a tour of the Mustard Seed property located in his West Central St Andrew constituency on yesterday. 

“This is to be spent for her needs and education and I am to be updated,” he said.

The funds are to be provided through the Prime Minister’s Positive Jamaica Foundation.

Founder of the Mustard Seed Communities, Father Gregory Ramkissoon revealed that Daniellia has been at the facility since shortly after her birth and has been visited “once or twice” by a parent.        

He said the funds will go a long way towards getting Daniellia the special attention she needs as “there are different programmes that she will be able to get into”.

“She is talking a little, but she is not doing too well. So it [donation] will help with speech therapy,” said Ramkissoon.          

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