St Thomas Link Up makes donation to schools
Jolyn Bryan, Gleaner Writer
MORANT BAY, St Thomas:THE ST Thomas Link Up Foundation recently donated several computers and sports gear to four schools in the parish, as part of the foundation's drive to enrich education and positively impact the lives of students.
In a short ceremony, held at the Paul Bogle High School earlier this week, Anthony Patterson handed over four computers; one to each school, footballs, backpack and binders to teachers and students from Paul Bogle High, Robert Lightbourne High, Seaforth High, and Yallahs Primary schools.
Special school bags were also awarded to top students from each school. The donation, valued at more than $200,000, represents the ongoing effort of the foundation to make a difference in schools across the parish that are having to make do with limited resources.
Uplifting the parish
Patterson explained that St Thomas Link Up was founded in 2012, and went to work immediately to raise funds through entertainment events and contributions from the local community and the diaspora, to uplift the parish by identifying and contributing to significant causes.
"Most times, the entertainment field is seen as negative. But St Thomas Link Up promotes wholesome entertainment and understands the need for giving back to the wider community, especially with regards to education," Anderson told Rural Xpress.
He said the foundation had deliberately included footballs in the donation to appeal to young men in schools.
"Many youngster, especially males, shy away from education, but we bring it back to them through sports," Patterson said.
The foundation hosts several events annually in December, all geared towards generating funds to be pumped back into the community. Their most important event is a family fun day and night event, held at Prospect in St Thomas. This year's takings, according to Merico Cameron, CEO of St Thomas Link Up, will go towards providing basic health care, linen and furniture for the residents of the St Thomas Infirmary. They have also planned a Christmas treat at the Rudolph Elder Park for the parish's children.
Jacqueline Forsythe, acting vice-principal of Robert Light-bourne High School, thanked St Thomas Link Up for their generosity and exhorted them to continue making a positive impact on the parish's students.