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Extraordinary Jamaicans honoured - Digicel social-media campaign selects three winners

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Three extraordinary Jamaicans have been selected from a pool of 30 nominees to receive a cash prize of $100,000 each, having been chosen by fans of the Digicel Jamaica Facebook page and an internal judging panel.

Marcia Blagrove and Oneal Morrison from Kingston and Marcia Higgins of St Catherine have been selected as part of the Digicel social-media 'Extraordinary Jamaicans' initiative.

The social-media campaign encouraged fans to upload a video or a photo of persons they felt were doing outstanding work in their communities and to state what was extraordinary about their activities in no more than 500 characters.

Unwavering commitment

Digicel Jamaica Facebook fans along with the internal panel of judges were given the honour of choosing the three nominees that were most extraordinary.

Morrison, Higgins and Blagrove were all nominated because of their unwavering commitment to youth development.

Morrison, who was nominated by his brother, teaches English language and social studies in his free time to inner-city youths in Kingston, while Blagrove, who was nominated by her son, takes less-fortunate children into her home and takes care of them with the resources she generates from her job.

Nominated by her friend of 12 years, Higgins seeks resources from various outlets to donate to children's homes in Jamaica.

"We want to celebrate all that is positive about Jamaica and that is why we launched our social-media campaign so that we can bring attention to those who are quietly making a positive impact on people's lives,"said Shelly-Ann Harris, senior communications manager at Digicel.

"It is a pleasure to see how Jamaicans from all walks of life are using their limited resources to do extraordinary things for others in their community, and at Digicel we applaud and encourage this," added Harris.