Woman's drive to support community benefits tertiary students
It was Rita Hilton's desire to provide grants for tertiary-level students, but she could only afford one at a time.
When Hilton, of St Leonards in Westmoreland, told her friends about the concept, a support group was developed and more students can now benefit.
The Wise Women Club was born seven years ago out of the drive to support needy students with their studies and now eight scholars benefit from the programme each year. Hilton, who supervises the progress of the youths in school, explains that the programme is designed to assist students after completion of CXC at the pre-university stage.
"We offer grants to them at community colleges and teacher's college and after they earn their diploma they can either start to work or acquire student loan to do their degrees," Hilton said in an interview at a fundraising luncheon in aid of the programme.
She said the annual fundraiser complements a yearly cocktail party held in November at the Doctor's Cave in Montego Bay, St James.
The Country Fun Day Luncheon, held at Hopewell Farm in St Leonards, pulled out quite a crop of well-thinking citizens who all endorsed the event saying the idea was worth supporting as it seeks to empower young people.
Mark Anderson, of The Pork Pit at Bogue in St James, called for more events with similar motives.
"I have been supporting this for years because it is a great idea, but we need more events like these with similar focus."
Tressa Cooke, Ann Newnham and Janis King are friends who attended the fundraiser for the first time but gave a commitment to be back next year, saying it was a wonderful idea for a great cause.
Donate a book today
Rotary clubs in Jamaica have launched a major book drive dubbed the Rotary Race to Literacy, which aims to improve literacy rates across the island, and also Haiti.
While the actual drive is set to take place from May 1-7, persons are being urged to donate books to the project partners. Get on board now! Below are the islandwide drop-off points.
PlaceAddressThe Gleaner7 North Street, KingstonPlanning Institute of Jamaica, the PIOJ building16 Oxford Road (its parking lot across the street will also have a box with the guard)JMMB - Haughton branch 5 Haughton Avenue, Kingston 10JMMB - Knutsford Boulevard 11 Knutsford Boulevard, New Kingston, Kingston 5JMMB - Ocho Rios branch 2 Milford Road, Ocho Rios, St AnnJMMB - Portmore branch47-48 West Trade Way, Portmore Town Centre, Portmore, St. CatherineJMMB - Mandeville branch23 Ward Avenue, Mandeville, ManchesterJMMB - Montego Bay Branch,Shop 19, Montego Bay Shopping Centre, LOJ Complex, Howard Cooke Boulevard, Montego Bay, St JamesJMMB - May Pen branchShop 28B, Bargain Village Plaza, 35 Main Street, May Pen, ClarendonJMMB - Santa Cruz branch Shop 2 Oasis Plaza, Coke Drive, Santa Cruz, St ElizabethSpartan9 Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston 5YMA -10 West Queen Street, downtown KingstonLG service station,85 Constant Spring Road (10)ShopSmart- 22 Union Street, Montego BayValueCellBlue Diamond Shopping Mall, IronshorePayless Gifts- Baywest Centre, Montego BayStewart's Auto Sales -6 Orchard Road, Kingston 5Island Grill- Twin GatesIsland Grill- Cross RoadsIsland Grill- New KingstonIsland Grill- Manor ParkIsland Grill- Portmore PinesIsland Grill- Ocho RiosIsland Grill- Centre PointIsland Grill- Red HillsIsland Grill- Washington BlvdPizza Pazza- Trinidad Terrace, New Kingston
Jamaican Style - Adrija Plaza, downtown Negril
Novelty Trading- 53 Hanover Street, KingstonBookland- 53 Knutsford Boulevard, New KingstonBookland- Manchester Shopping Centre, MandevilleBookland- 34 Union Street, Montego Bay
PlaceAddressThe Gleaner7 North Street, KingstonPlanning Institute of 16 Oxford RoadJamaica, PIOJ building
(its parking lot across
the street will also have
a box with the guard)
JMMB - Haughton branch 5 Haughton Avenue, Kingston 10JMMB - Knutsford Boulevard 11 Knutsford Boulevard, New KgnJMMB - Ocho Rios branch 2 Milford Road, Ocho Rios, St AnnJMMB - Portmore branch47-48 West Trade Way, Portmore Town
Centre, Portmore, St Catherine
JMMB - Mandeville branch23 Ward Avenue, Mandeville, Manchester
JMMB - Montego Bay branchShop 19, Montego Bay Shopping
Centre, LOJ Complex, Howard Cooke Bvld, Montego Bay, St James
JMMB - May Pen branchShop 28B, Bargain Village Plaza,
35 Main Street, May Pen, Clarendon
JMMB - Santa Cruz branch Shop 2 Oasis Plaza, Coke Drive,
Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth
Spartan9 Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston 5YMA 10 West Queen Street,
LG Service Centre85 Constant Spring Road (10)ShopSmart22 Union Street, Montego BayValueCellBlue Diamond Shopping Mall,
Ironshore, Montego Bay
Payless GiftsBaywest Centre, Montego BayStewart's Auto Sales 6 Orchard Road, Kingston 5Island GrillTwin GatesIsland GrillCross RoadsIsland GrillNew KingstonIsland GrillManor ParkIsland GrillPortmore PinesIsland GrillOcho RiosIsland GrillCentre PointIsland GrillRed HillsIsland GrillWashington BlvdPizza PazzaTrinidad Terrace, New KingstonJamaican StyleAdrija Plaza, downtown NegrilNovelty Trading53 Hanover Street, KingstonBookland53 Knutsford Bvld, New KingstonBooklandManchester Shopping Centre,
Bookland34 Union Street, Montego Bay