Boyz donate $250,000 to three organisations
Jamaica's national men's senior football team handed over $250,000 to three organisations on Thursday at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) offices in New Kingston.
After finishing second in the Gold Cup last month, the Reggae Boyz decided to donate a portion of their prize money to those in need.
The Jamaica Special Olympics football team received $100,000, the same as Mannings Boys' Home in western Jamaica. Glenhope Nursery in the Corporate Area was handed $50,000.
"We started this a couple years ago, during the World Cup Qualifiers, where we contributed to Glenhope. Now, this is a continuation of that," Roy Simpson, JFF senior team manager, said during a brief ceremony.
"The players decided that they are now privileged young men and came through humble backgrounds, so they want to give to others who seek to emulate them," he said.
"Before we played against Mexico in the Gold Cup final, the Special Olympics team was all over the media, so we decided to contribute to those youngsters. The players will also be contributing funds to other organisations from money gained during the upcoming World Cup Qualification games, starting next month," Simpson disclosed.
Audrey Budhai, director of the Children and Family programme at the Child Development Agency, collected cheques on behalf of Mannings Boys' Home and Glenhope, presented by local-based Reggae Boyz Andre Clennon and Hughan Gray.
Lorna Bell of Special Olympics Jamaica accepted on behalf of her organisation.