NEW YORK – A delegation from the New York based Jamaican charity, Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) inc. will arrive Jamaica on Monday, May 17 as part of its annual visit in observance of Child Month. COJO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in New York, whose mission is to help improve the health, education and general well being of underprivileged children.
Led by Chairman and Founder Gary M. Williams, the delegation arrives at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston for a week-long visit. During the week, the group will make presentations of computers, printers, televisions, school supplies and football gear to this year’s selected institutions.
On Tuesday, May 18, COJO will participate in a number of scheduled media interviews. The following day May 19 at 11:30 am, COJO will make a presentation of five computers, a printer, school supplies, football boots and jerseys (shorts, t-shirts and socks) and soccer balls to the Manning’s Boys Home in St. Elizabeth.
On Thursday, May 20, members of the COJO Executive will visit the National Children’s Home and the Homestead Place of Safety in Kingston.
The week climaxes on Friday, May 21 with a luncheon at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, where a number of children from both the National Children’s Home and the Homestead Place of Safety will be invited to attend. Awards will be presented to three persons who have been a consistent supporter of COJO. They are Will Rodgers of Air Jamaica, Winston Bowen of the Child Development Agency and Eldon Bremner of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.
Over the past decade, the volunteer-driven organization has supported a number of institutions in Jamaica as well as the United States. Among them, the Alpha Boys’ Home, Glenhope Place of Safety, Marigold Child Care Centre, City of Refuge, St. Augustine Place of Safety for Boys and the Musgrave Girls’ Home in Jamaica; and in New York, the Jamaica, Queens YMCA and Leaf of Life.
Chairman of COJO Gary Williams in thanking Executive Member Robert DeSouza Sr., Managing Director of Transcontinental Express Shippers for assisting in the provision of storage and freight for the items is pleased to be able to return to Jamaica each year to help less fortunate children. The visit is made possible from proceeds raised from COJO’s Annual Scholarship Gala each December in New York City.