Hanover Charities injects $20m into outreach projects
Barrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer
Round Hill Hotel's Hanover Charities, disbursed more than $20 million in scholarships and grants to needy students and organisations in Hanover recently.
This marks a $7 million increase over the more than $13 million that was disbursed last year. Just under $11 million in scholarships was made available to tertiary level students, while the remainder was donated to schools and community-based organisations in the parish.
Chairperson of Hanover Charities Katrin Casserley said despite the economic climate facing Jamaica, the organisation was able to raise US$230,000 this year through its Annual Sugar Cane Ball, making 69 scholarships available, an increase of 27 more than the 42 granted last year.
She indicated that the lion's share of the grants $2 million was given to the Hanover Infirmary to construct a dining area for the residents.
"They (Hanover Parish Council) have a new infirmary, but what we find is that they do not have anywhere to host their relatives when they come to visit and to feed them. So, in conjunction with the Parish Council, we have given them $2 million to construct a gazebo-type building in the very near future, which will facilitate this process," said Casserley.
The Hanover Ministers' Fraternal was also given a grant of $1.7 million to continue to feed more than 700 persons weekly at the Cecile Clare Kitchen of Love (soup kitchen), while the Gurney's Mount Primary School was given a grant of $1.3 million to establish a computer laboratory.
Custos of Hanover Dr David Stair gave the keynote address at the function and chided negligent parents, who he said divested themselves of the responsibility of caring for children.
"These people, instead, leave them to the various, influences that originate from the propaganda factories of Hollywood and other similar places, and then we wonder, where these vile and vicious monsters come from," Stair said.
He urged the scholarship recipients to remain focused on the goal at hand and not to be swayed by even legitimate pursuits, including extra-curricula clubs, which could cause them to be overwhelmed by activities to the detriment of their academic pursuits.
Stair said teachers were, therefore, entrusted with the task of doing what parents have failed to do: teach children the skills needed to survive and thrive.
"In your hands, rest of the survival of the species, when you chose to, or were chosen to shape the minds of the future kings and queens of the realm, you took on to yourselves a profession of paramount importance and you need to live up to it," Stair charged.