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US-based JC old boy to help needy Jamaican students

Published:Friday | August 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Persons line up to get free health checks at the recent RJRGLEANER Communications Group’s Back-to-School Bazaar at Devon House.

Jamaica College old boy and now a United States-based attorney-at-law, Jaime Aird, is moving to help needy students in Jamaica through the Caribbean Children's Foundation that he has recently established.

Aird, who practises immigration and criminal Law in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said the decision to form this foundation is born out of his respect for education and the value that it can provide for young Jamaicans.

"I left Jamaica in 2001 and education is the strength of my existence. I gained my degree in marketing from Florida International University, my MBA at Nova Southeastern University, a Juris Doctor from Florida International University, and I think several Jamaican children can achieve the same, and more," said Aird.

He has tapped his family and friends in Florida to make donations to the charity with several drop-off points established around Fort Lauderdale, and expects to make his first shipment to the island shortly.

"I always remember Jamaica and the need that some students and their parents and guardians have, especially during the back-to-school period," Aird told The Sunday Gleaner.

"I know that to help through education is the way to help and empower them.

"At this time of year, pens, books, pencils, school bags and stationery are quite affordable in Florida, and it is a way to help many children in need. I think that this venture will help many persons in need, so I am compelled to help," said Aird.