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PwC Jamaica makes education a priority

Published:Friday | October 15, 2021 | 12:06 AM
Rev Dr Devon Dick (left), pastor at the Boulevard Baptist Church, accepts a donation of $500,000 from Leighton McKnight, territory leader of PwC Jamaica.
Rev Dr Devon Dick (left), pastor at the Boulevard Baptist Church, accepts a donation of $500,000 from Leighton McKnight, territory leader of PwC Jamaica.

PwC Jamaica made a donation of $500,000 to the Boulevard Baptist Church’s Student Affairs Programme on Tuesday in aid of 50 students seeking support to return to the classroom this semester.

According to Leighton McKnight, territory leader, PwC Jamaica, education comes first.

“At PwC, we believe that education is one of the best investments we can make to address some of the most pressing problems facing our country. So we are very pleased to be able to make this contribution. Anything to assist students in their educational pursuits is part of our mandate. I am really honoured that we are able to do this. I hope the students will use it to not only further their education, but they will also see it as their duty to give back to their communities. We all have a responsibility to do what we can to help those in need.”

The Student Affairs Assistance Programme provides monetary assistance to young people looking to pursue further education at the tertiary level, with the funds provided generally cover their tuition fees. However, Reverend D. Devon Dick, pastor at Boulevard Baptist Church, noted that more recently, obtaining financial support for the programme has been challenging.

KIND DONATIONS

“The Boulevard Baptist Church provides outreach assistance in various ways to its congregants, as well as members in and around the communities we serve. One such programme is our Student Affairs Assistance Programme. This programme has been previously funded through the kind donations of the members of the Boulevard Baptist Church. However, over recent years, and in particular since the COVID-19 pandemic period, we have seen a decline in the monetary contributions towards this programme, but the needs of our young people requiring assistance remain the same.”

In support of the church continuing this much-needed programme for young people, PwC donated $500,000, which assisted in providing bursaries for 50 students from various communities that the church serves. Furthermore, the range of beneficiaries was expanded to include pupils from high, primary and infant schoolsl.

“We thank PwC for generously donating the sum of $500,000 to our Student Affairs Programme. It is through the generosity of companies like PwC, living up to the company’s corporate social responsibilities, that we are able to carry out our outreach programmes and impact the lives of the vulnerable and less fortunate in our society,” said Dick, as he expressed thanks on behalf of the church and the students.