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Video contest winner advocates for better roads

Published:Monday | July 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Saffrey Brown (left), general manager, JN Foundation, presents Matthew Simmonds with a Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone that he won as part of the My World Video Competition 2014, which was implemented as an initiative of the JAA Junior Club. Matthew emerged the first-prize winner in the competition that saw 28 video entries being submitted. - CONTRIBUTED

With close to 4,000 votes in total, 23-year-old Matthew Simmonds, economics student at the University of the West Indies, Mona, emerged the winner of the My World Video Competition 2014, promoted by the Jamaica National Building Society Foundation through its Facebook Page in May.

The competition was designed to encourage citizens to advocate for "better public transportation and roads," as a national priority in Jamaica and other countries around the world; and is part of the road-safety awareness-building initiatives being implemented by the JAA Junior Club in schools across the island.

Participants in the video contest were invited to create a 30-second video highlighting why "better public transportation and roads" should be one of the main goals to emerge from My World, the United Nations Global Survey for a Better World, which is currently in progress.