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Yohan Blake's foundation adopts boys' home

Published:Sunday | January 8, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Sponsors of the Jamaica Information Service's (JIS) Mount Olivet Boys' Home (MOBH) project with awards at the Christmas dinner and awards ceremony, held at the home on Saturday, December 17. - see full caption at the end of the story.
Coach Glen Mills (left) and founder of the YB Afraid Foundation, sprinter Yohan Blake, distribute donations from adidas - one of Yohan's major sponsors.
Chief executive officer of the Jamaica Information Service, Donna-Marie Rowe, presents a certificate of appreciation to managing director of Wisynco Group Limited, William Mahfood, at the Mount Olivet Boys' Home Christmas dinner and awards ceremony.
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The YB Afraid Foundation, established by world sprinter Yohan Blake, has joined with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) in adopting the Mount Olivet Boys' Home in Walderston, Manchester.

This partnership resulted in a day of excitement and gifts for the residents of the home on Saturday, December 17, 2011, as the JIS management and staff and the YB Afraid Foundation were accompanied by other sponsors, as they hosted a Christmas dinner and awards ceremony in association with the staff of the home.

The 30 residents received attractive donations of sneakers, slippers and windbreakers from adidas, through the YB Afraid Foundation. The ecstatic boys were appreciative of their gifts, and director of the Mount Olivet Boys' Home, Sonia Lowe, shared how exciting the event was for them.

"The gifts were amazing (especially because) we were very limited in terms of funds. The boys had a fantastic time. They loved meeting Yohan Blake and can't wait for the training camp," she said, making reference to the promise made by coach Glen Mills to host the boys at the Racers Track Club.

"They enjoyed spending time with their mentors from the JIS too," she added. The JIS is celebrating two years since its adoption of the home in December 2009, and the agency looks forward to continue working along with corporate Jamaica and the YB Afraid Foundation towards the development of the boys and, by extension, their future.

Efforts Appreciated

Chief executive officer of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe, expressed the agency's appreciation to the 28 sponsors of the JIS outreach project and spoke of the staff members' enthusiasm to serve the boys of Mount Olivet.

"As an agent of change, this is very special for us at the JIS, as we celebrate our decision to give back to the community and positively impact the lives of the boys. Our desire, in 2009, was to invest in the boys today, as they will become the men of our society tomorrow. And we are proud of our association with the home," she said.

"Additionally, the support of our sponsors has made our adoption more meaningful as the resources are pooled together to provide for their needs," Rowe added. The JIS also has a mentorship programme with the home and visits quarterly to fulfil this obligation.

This is the first charity to be supported by the YB Afraid Foundation and Executive Director Melisa McIntosh spoke of the decision to choose the Mount Olivet Home.

"Based on the already established relationship between our chairman, Timothy Spencer, and Mount Olivet (through the JIS), we are excited to be a part of this great venture," McIntosh noted.

"Saturday, December 17, was our first substantial donation to the home and because of Yohan's amazing sponsors, such as adidas, Wisynco, Key Motors and Joseph's, we were able to provide the home and the boys with gifts that we feel will make a difference in their lives.

The JIS handed over certificates of appreciation to the sponsors, who have been donating gifts since 2009. They include Joseph's, Edge Chem Jamaica Limited, Ping's Distributors Limited, Palace Amusement Company Limited, Sangster's Book Stores Limited, Coldfield Manufacturing Limited and the Jamaica Urban Transit Company.

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Sponsors of the Jamaica Information Service's (JIS) Mount Olivet Boys' Home (MOBH) project with awards at the Christmas dinner and awards ceremony, held at the home on Saturday, December 17. From left are director of human resources at the JIS, Bernita Locke; managing director at Wisynco Group Limited, William Mahfood; manager at Odeon Cineplex, Michael Dunkley; director of the MOBH, Sonia Lowe; promotional representative at Sangster's Book Stores, Donnette Sherman; CEO of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe; manager at Ping's Mandeville, Sueyen Lee; founder of the YB Afraid Foundation, Yohan Blake; senior paint mixer at Edge Chem, Pattilea Henry; actress at ProbeMaster Entertainment, Dacoda Mitchell (partly hidden); manager at Coldfield Manufacturing Limited (Mandeville branch), Sheryl Farquharson; and members of the JIS MOBH Committee, Christine Ade-Gold, Ladonna Manning (partly hidden), and Joan Gayle, chairperson.