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Gandhi’s grandson inspires Jamaicans

Published:Sunday | August 20, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Chair of Hanover Charities Katrin Casserly presents a cheque to Shane Reid, president of the Hopewell Jaycees, during a ceremony where the charity donated more than $53 million to organisations and schools in Hanover.

Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, has urged Jamaican's to use anger productively.

"We must learn to channel our anger intelligently and bring it into our lives and use it for the good of humanity" said Gandhi at a recent Youth Peace Summit hosted by the Hanover Charities in partnership with the Universal Foundation of Truth for Better Living in Montego Bay, St James, recently.

In a discussion centred on peace, participants were given the opportunity to pose questions to Gandhi, who shared a number of lifelong lessons learnt from his grandfather.

He argued that "we are the masters of our lives" and "we all have goodness" within us, however, we have to make the choice to live as such.

The Hanover Charities said it recognises the contribution of Mahatma Gandhi and that the visit of Arun Gandhi to Montego Bay can be considered quite historic and monumental.

According to the chair of the group, Katrin Casserly, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allowed scholars to gain first-hand knowledge of how Mahatma Gandhi rallied against the injustice of racial segregation to inspire movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.




"This was a very special event and we are extremely honoured to partner with the Universal Foundation of Truth for Better Living to give our scholars this wonderful experience to meet the grandson of a man who has inspired Dr Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela," said Casserly.

In a show of appreciation, the Hanover Charities donated J$258,000 to Gandhi's foundation (Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute).

The Hanover Charities has been serving the needy for 60 years and handed out $54 million at its annual grant ceremony, held at the Round Hill Hotel & Villas in June.