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Sarah's Children: Second city gets new charity.

Published:Sunday | March 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM
The woman in whose honour the charity is named, Sarah Darling-Findlay (left), with her granddaughter Tameka Bryce at the launch.
Two of Sarah’s Children founding members, Laura Mazabbel (left) and philanthropist Janet Silvera.
Wright Life’s Pat Wright enjoying the afternoon’s proceedings.
Blue Diamond Resorts’ Kerry-Ann Quallo-Casserly having a grand time at the launch of Sarah’s Children.
Human Resources Manager of Hilton and Jewel Resorts’ Nadine Reid (left) and colleague Charmaine Deane, director of corporate communications and marketing.
Joy Clark of NJoy the Journey presents a Wray & Nephew-sponsored prize to FLOW’s Dwayne Bennett.
Keynote speaker and CEO of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency, Rosalee Gage-Grey (left), accepts a gift from President of Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry T’Shura Gibbs.


United States-based attorney Joy Robinson says the launch of the advocacy group, Sarah's Children, is a powerful reminder that the spirit of volunteerism is still alive in Jamaica.

Speaking at the launch at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel & Spa, St James, on March 8, International Women's Day, Robinson said that it is no longer OK to remain silent when witnessing abuse, adding, "Our children and our elderly" need all the "protection" possible.

"This launch has been some time coming; the seeds were planted many years ago. In fact, as early as founder Janet Silvera can remember, she saw her mother leading by example. I say this to say, Sarah's Children has been around for many years serving the needs of children and the elderly."

She continued, "Today's launch is the culmination of Janet's dream and the collective efforts of like-minded friends, who, like her, desire to give a voice to those without a voice, and to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. We believe that the formalisation of the organisation and the defining of its objectives give us the ability to focus on the needs of those we wish to serve. It also allows us to tap into resources that would otherwise be unavailable. We believe we must be part of the change we desire. Sarah's Children is just that - being part of the change we desire. Let us now move forward in changing the life of one person at a time, and each of us being part of that bigger change we desire," she added.

Sarah's Children, led by journalist and community activist Janet Silvera, was established in honour of her mother, Sarah Darling-Findlay.

Corporate companies supporting the launch included the Hilton Rose Hall, C&W Business, Ashley HomeStore, J. Wray & Nephew, and Jamaica Audio Visual Company.