PM's foundation turns five
Cathy Risden, Lifestyle Writer
The Portia Simpson Miller (PSM) Foundation celebrated five years of existence at their annual fund-raising party, at Norbrook Drive last Saturday night.
Beautifully decorated with replicas of mini botanical gardens, the natural venue was accompanied by vibrant lightings, leading to a number of food stations and two Appleton Estate bars, one of which was elegantly lined with a red carpet. Guests were greeted with live entertainment on steel pan, playing reggae renditions - while others were engaging in various conversations, with a dish or glass in hand.
The PSM Foundation is a non-profit organisation established to help the less fortunate in medicine and education, regardless of political persuasion, gender, or religion. It is with this mandate that scores of representatives from the private and public sectors supported the annual fundraiser.
Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller, encouraged all present to continue to help uplift the less fortunate and implored others to use the foundation to make a positive change. Lascelles Chin
and his wife, Eileen, responded with a cheque valued at two million Jamaican dollars towards the foundation.
The PM said that, over the five years, the foundation has spent eight million dollars assisting university students. And according to Rosa Joseph, chair of the foundation, this year, the foundation gave more than $6,000,000 in scholarships towards the education of tertiary-level students.
Among the recipients were Shuwana Johnson, who recently graduated from CARIMAC with a bachelor's degree in integration marketing communication, and Nashon Mitchell, a second-year medical student at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Both expressed their heartfelt appreciation for all the help they have received. "This foundation does wonders. With this foundation, I am confident that I will make it ... to whom much is given, much is expected and I will deliver, I will make you proud," Mitchell told those present. Johnson also said that she was not only grateful, but honoured to have benefited from the foundation.
Among the many contributors were the ambassador of The People's Republic of China, Dong Xiaojun, Vladimir Polenov, the Russian ambassador, first secretary of the High Commission of India H.K Mohan, resident ambassador of Nicaragua, David McField, and high commissioner of the Republic of South Africa, Mathu Joyini - who all came out in support of the foundation's motto 'Lifting People Up'.