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Chambers benefits as Mico launches COVID-19 relief programme

Published:Friday | May 29, 2020 | 12:25 AMRaymond Graham/Gleaner Writer
National goalkeeper Akeem Chambers, who is also a student of The Mico University College, receives a laptop and a bag from principal Dr Asburn Pinnock during the launch of the institution’s students’ COVID-19 relief programme yesterday. The event took
National goalkeeper Akeem Chambers, who is also a student of The Mico University College, receives a laptop and a bag from principal Dr Asburn Pinnock during the launch of the institution’s students’ COVID-19 relief programme yesterday. The event took place at the school’s campus on Marescaux Road in Kingston.

National goalkeeper Akeem Chambers is the first student to benefit from The Mico University College students’ COVID-19 relief programme.

The programme, which aims to assist students at the institution who have been affected by the pandemic, was launched inside the Museum Lecture Room on the university’s campus yesterday with a US$1-million ($143-million) target.

Chambers, who also represents top-flight club Waterhouse FC, just completed his first year at the college, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Education degree in physical education.

He lost all his belongings several weeks ago when his home in Olympic Gardens was engulfed by fire.

“We are ensuring that our students continue their education. We are really looking to get them Internet connectivity, laptops, tablets; whatever devices are available to ensure they continue their education at the Mico. We also took the opportunity to provide some relief for Akeem Chambers, a national footballer and our student, who lost his home, and we have provided him with a laptop and stipend; and we are appealing to all in Jamaica and across the world to support us in our bid to help our students, as it is a challenging time and we want to show that we care,” said President Dr Asburn Pinnock.

Annette Daley, director of student services and whose office is in charge of student welfare, also spoke at the launch.

“It is a difficult time for our students and the welfare programme does not have enough funds, so we decided to call on all critical stakeholders to assist us, and there are four areas we have targeted. These are tuition, device and data plans, along with foods and personal items,” said Daley.

According to Daley, her office is looking to secure at least 250 devices to serve students in all four year groups.

Gloria Prescod, chairperson of the Mico Old Students’ Association Welfare Committee, stated also that her office will do all they can to assist the students who are in need.