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Gassan Azan lauds St Patrick's Foundation

Published:Friday | March 25, 2011 | 12:00 AM
The St Patrick Foundation All Stars Marching Band serenades guests at the foundation's awards dinner on March 17 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel. - Contributed photo
Businesswoman Thalia Lyn receives her award from St Patrick's Foundation chairman Mark McKenzie.
Mark Mckenzie (right) chairman of the St Patrick's Foundation board, presents the award of recognition to Clovis and Hermine Metcalfe at the awards dinner last Thursday night.
Monsignor Richard Albert makes a presentation to a long-time supporter of St Patrick's Foundation, Dawn Azan.
Joseph M. Matalon is rewarded by Monsignor Richard Albert for his sustained support in making a difference to human development during the St Patrick's Foundation dinner and awards presentation held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on March 17.

Gassan Azan, head of Bashco Trading Company Limited and MegaMart Wholesale Club, has lauded the work of Monsignor Richard Albert and St Patrick's Foundation. He expressed the words of praise when he was guest speaker at the foundation's awards presentation and dinner at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday, March 17.

Describing Monsignor Albert as a servant of peace, an advocate for the poor and a motivator, Mr Azan said, "the commitment of the church to the spiritual and material welfare of the Jamaican people is expressed daily in the work of St Patrick's Foundation."

He noted that the facilities operated by the foundation helped to alleviate human suffering and offered support to people in poor communities, empowering them to become more self-reliant and responsible citizens.

The businessman also commended the teachers, sponsors and volunteers who made the foundation's work possible. He said he was satisfied that the skill training offered to young people in construction, garment manufacturing, personal services and information technology are certified by the Human Employment and Resource Training (HEART), and relate closely to the needs of the labour market.

Several members of the business community received plaques for their contribution to the foundation.