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Non-profit children's group to award scholarships to wards of the state, honour Patterson

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2013 | 12:21 PM

NEW YORK, May 19, CMC – Former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson will be honoured by the New York-based nonprofit, Children of Jamaica Outbreach (COJO) at its Scholarship Luncheon and Awards this week.

The group says it will also honour corporate giant J. Wray and Nephew Limited at the same event to be held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday.

COJO said Patterson and Wray and Nephew will be recognized for their “commitment and support of the organization over many years”.

The scholarship luncheon is among many activities organized by the group as part of its week-long visit to Jamaica in observance of Child’s Month.

Three scholarships will be presented to “deserving wards of the state” who are currently pursuing tertiary level studies, COJO said. It said the scholarships were made possible from proceeds raised from a benefit raffle held in New York.

In addition to the scholarship luncheon, COJO will present computers, appliances, office equipment and sneakers to New Vision Children’s Home in the parish of Manchester.

COJO’s mission is to help improve the health, education and general well being of underprivileged children.

Since its inception in 1994, COJO said it has dedicated its resources “to help make a difference in the lives of underserved children in Jamaica, as well as in the United States of America.”

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