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Guinness to give $6.5 million in social outreach grants

Published:Tuesday | November 13, 2012

Ten Jamaican projects will today be presented with cash grants totalling $6.5 million by the Arthur Guinness Fund as part of its social outreach programme.

The top three recipients will get $1 million each while the remaining awardees will each receive half a million dollars.

"Jamaicans have always been entrepreneurial and helpful. That's why Guinness sought 10 social entrepreneurs who embody this ideal and who are committed to making positive changes in their communities," said Guinness brand manager Racquel Nevins.

The projects include areas such as skills training; coral reef restoration and gardening; online education, and plastic bottle recycling.

Among those to receive awards is Wynetta Wallace of Laval's School of Cosmetology, which operates out of Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Laval's focuses on educational intervention by taking in students from tough Spanish Town inner-city communities and providing them with vocational training including barbering, cosmetology, and nail technology.