Wise Women's Club aids tertiary students
Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
In this its 10th year of financing tertiary students' education in western Jamaica, The Wise Women's Club of Montego Bay has launched a fundraiser, set for September, to support 10 community-college students.
The club's fundraising plans for the students were outlined during a lunch that was hosted for the beneficiaries in Reading, Montego Bay, on Thursday, August 21, and followed an earlier fundraiser that was hosted in March.
"We deal with children coming from homes who cannot afford to send them on to tertiary level (education). They have to have the need, and the grades that we require, to be part of the programme," said Wise Women's Club founder, Denise Dear.
"In order to pay their school fees, we do two fundraisers per year, because we have most of them for between two to three years, depending on what subjects they do," Dear added. "This year, we are taking a play from the Fairfield Theatre called Her Last Cry, and we are doing that on Sunday, September 28. We will have a cocktail hour, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and then the play starts at 7 o'clock, and the cost is $2,500 per ticket. Usually, in March, we have a family fun day up in the country."
The Wise Women's Club's plans to support the students are part of the group's yearly activities since its inception in 2004, from which some 50 students have benefited.
This year's beneficiaries are 10 students of the Montego Bay Community College, four of whom are enrolled at the institution's Frome campus in Westmoreland.
Danielle Hamil, who is pursuing an associate degree in natural science at the Montego Bay Community College's main campus, expressed gratefulness at having benefited from the Wise Women's assistance.
"I feel really honoured, because I know I did my work and I accomplished something, so it's a good feeling," said Hamil, who explained that she achieved distinctions in biology, chemistry, and Caribbean studies and a credit in physics, despite having been seriously ill.
"I was in the hospital, I was sick, and I got one subject when I was in the hospital; the rest were when I got out," Hamil further explained.
"It was not really an easy task to do, as I had to complete my third module in each of the subjects and finish up some labs and other coursework in the meantime and submit them as early as before the deadline. I wasn't the person who wanted to accept any favours just because I was sick; I wanted to be treated just as everybody else."
CAPTION - Denise Dear (fourth right), founder of the Wise Women's Club of Montego Bay, participates in a group shot with members of her organisation and students of the Montego Bay Community College's Montego Bay and Frome campuses, as well as the community college guidance counsellor Donovan McIntosh (right), during a lunch meeting that was held for the students in Reading, Montego Bay, on Thursday. The lunch meeting was part of a series of activities the Wise Women's Club is conducting on behalf of the students, including fundraisers to aid the students in financing their studies. - Photo by Christopher Thomas