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Senator Floyd Morris pledges $100,000 to JSB Scholarship Fund

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:08 AM

Senator Floyd Morris, PhD, director for the Centre of Disability Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, will top up the Jamaica Society for the Blind (JSB) Scholarship Fund with a personal donation of $100,000, in an endorsement of the capabilities of, and possibilities for, people with disabilities.

The pledge was made at the recent launch of the second staging of the Everyone’s A Winner/Running Events race series that will take place at Hope Gardens on Sunday, April 14.

“God has been good to me, and His Word says that when you surrender your life to Him, He will open the windows of Heaven and pour out a blessing on you. He has been blessing me and I want to ensure that I share what God has been doing in my life. The proceeds from the race will go towards the scholarship fund at the JSB, so I am committed and will deliver on race day a cheque for $100,000,” Morris said.

Reminiscing on the key role that the institution played in his life 30 years ago when he became blind, Morris revealed that his educational accomplishments were made possible because of the support he received from the JSB.

“It’s the least that I can do as a part of giving back to the institution that empowered me. A part of my giving back is the trust I have in the management and leadership of the JSB. I know that their hearts, minds and souls are in the right place, and the resources that they receive will be used educatively for the empowerment of persons who are blind and visually impaired,” he continued.

“There are others here who have been making their contribution, but I realise that I have a national face, I have national responsibilities, and so to whom much is given, much is required, and that is why I have to ensure that at all times I put issues relating to persons who are visually impaired on the agenda so that individuals will recognise and know that a person’s eye might be blind, but their brains are not,” Morris said.

Social Empowerment

Education is a fundamental means of social empowerment and transformation, especially for the blind and visually impaired. Institutions such as the Jamaica Society for the Blind play a pivotal role in helping to drive the support for educating and empowering these individuals.

Senator Morris lauded Running Events Jamaica for partnering with the JSB to improve the lives of the blind and visually impaired.

Also speaking at the launch, managing director at Running Events Jamaica, Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis, disclosed how the work done by the JSB fuels them.

“We are thankful that we can find the energy and the spunk to support such a worthy organisation – The Jamaica Society for the Blind – who is doing such a wonderful job enhancing the lives of the blind and visually impaired in our society by helping them to realise their full potential,” Francis said.

“There are many persons who are in need of educational support, and we hope that the run this year can double the number of persons who will benefit. We are committed to the cause and we are happy to be working with them in their endeavours,” he added.

The funds raised from the 2018 staging of the event aided in the purchase of 24 computers equipped with NonVisual Desktop Access software which allows blind and visually impaired persons to interact with the computer and the Internet.