Students receive scholarships from Heart Praise Fest
Gospel artiste Rondell Positive wants to help youngsters fulfil their purpose through his Heart Praise Foundation.While the country observed Labour Day in May this year, Positive and his team hosted the Heart Praise Worship Fest, an event of the Healthy Music Group.
Proceeds from the gospel show will go towards the Heart Praise Great Heart Scholarship, which will be awarded to 10 Grade Six Achievement Test students from St Thomas and Portland.
The scholarship is a continuation of the work that Heart Praise has been doing for nearly a decade. It all started when Positive provided assistance to his daughter's preparatory school in St Thomas, following the passage of Hurricane Gustav in 2008.
He said he decided to stage a gospel concert to help raise money to repair the damage to the school. "Ever so often, we see things happen and we talk about the things, but we do nothing," said the artiste born Rondell Allen.
He would later help other schools in St Thomas by donating computers, starting the scholarship fund, and bringing barbers into schools to give boys haircuts.
"God gave me the vision. Our aim is to ensure that every single person we come in contact with fulfil their purpose," he said.
Major sponsor of Heart Praise, LASCO, hopes the partnership between the two will continue for years to come.
"LASCO is very happy to be on board as a partner for Heart Praise for a second year. We came on board because of Heart Praise's vision to instil in young people, and people generally, that they have a purpose and that they should live out their purpose," said Catherine Goodall, beverages marketing manager at LASCO.
"We are very happy to be on board for youth empowerment and this wonderful cause to raise money for students," Goodall added.