National Self-serve Wholesale helps student to realise her dreams
Nadine Buckley cherished one desire, and that was to attend college after completing high school. She had her heart set on attending the College of Agriculture, Science and Education in Portland, but financial challenges proved to be a major stumbling block in attaining that dream.
"It was always my dream to further my education. However, family background issues and other major financial struggles just pushed it (dream) further away," said Buckley, who shared that there were days when she felt so depressed, thinking she would be stuck forever.
With her being one of six children for a struggling mother, Buckley said at times she felt frustrated because she wanted to equip herself so she could be a part of the solution.
Now, thanks to Stephen Liao, owner of National Self Serve Wholesale in May Pen, the dream is now within her grasp and it is something she intends to make full use of.
Words are not enough to convey her emotions, but a grateful Buckley tried to express them anyway as she gushed out thanks to Liao for making the investment of a full scholarship for a year, as well as affording her monthly shopping at the wholesale for the year.
Buckley said she feels total relief that she can now attend college without having to worry about tuition fee.
With her target set on being an agricultural inspector, Buckley said she is grateful for open doors.
"Seeing how hard my mom has to work daily and looking back at my five other siblings really motivated me to push harder. It would hurt me so much if I never got the chance to start my journey towards my career goal," said Buckley, even as she encouraged others who are stuck in situations like hers not to give up.
Liao, in describing the investment as a "feel-good" moment, told The Gleaner that although he has been sponsoring high school students and giving to community causes over the years, this is his first time helping a college student.
"It is only fitting, however, that I give back as my business enjoys consumer loyalty," he said, also making the plea for other business persons to come on board in investing in the youth.
"Let us come together to help adopt a youth. There are other programmes you can get involved in. The more you help a youth, the less crime - less robbing, less murder, and fewer business persons will be targeted. Do your part in making Clarendon a better parish," Liao said.