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Bolt gifts laptops to rural schools

Published:Thursday | March 18, 2021 | 12:18 AM
In this photo taken in January 2018, Usain Bolt poses with then St Michaels Primary School grade three students (from left) Latoya Lancaster, Tashika Thompson and Teshay Silvera during a handover ceremony by the Usain Bolt Foundation to the Walker’s Plac
In this photo taken in January 2018, Usain Bolt poses with then St Michaels Primary School grade three students (from left) Latoya Lancaster, Tashika Thompson and Teshay Silvera during a handover ceremony by the Usain Bolt Foundation to the Walker’s Place of Safety at Serengeti, located at Hope Zoo.

Eight time Olympic champion and multiple world record holder Usain Bolt, has donated 150 laptops to several rural area schools, through his Usain Bolt Foundation.

Bolt said the donation, which is valued at US$40,000 ($5.9 million), is pivotal to honour his commitment in ensuring that the children of Jamaica benefit from his hard work.

“The best thing about my life is being able to give back, especially to the children. The current global pandemic has forced many children to do only online classes and highlights the need for technology in schools. We will keep working to provide much-needed equipment and support the education of the next generation,” said Bolt.

The Usain Bolt Foundation focuses on children at the basic and primary school level.

Last year, the organisation donated printers and other supplies to 21 Early Childhood Institutions in rural Jamaica, while seven schools in his home parish of Trelawny received computers or tablets.