MIAMI – The Jamaica Consulate General in Miami raised nearly $4,000 to benefit two charities namely the Swift Purcell Boys’ Home in St. Mary and the Missionaries of the Poor.
The funds were collected from proceeds of collection at the annual church service held recently in Fort Lauderdale to mark the country’s 44th anniversary of Independence, and will be shared equally between both institutions.
The presentation of the funds will be made by Consul General Ricardo Allicock, when he visits Jamaica next Friday, September 15.
Consul General Ricardo Allicock
In expressing appreciation to the hundreds of Jamaican nationals and friends attending the ecumenical service held at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, the Consul General lauded the congregation for their ongoing commitment in assisting those in lesser fortunate circumstances in Jamaica.
Since 2003, proceeds from the annual Independence church service have gone to the Swift Purcell Boys’ Home to benefit a total of 75 boys ranging from six through 18 years old.
An adult program for several residents (over 18 years) was started recently with those students enrolled in several tertiary institutions pursuing studies in the arts, hospitality management, agricultural science and vocational programs.
With the recent growth in enrolment, Superintendent of Swift Purcell, Mr. Donald Stewart indicated that the donation would go towards the expansion of the facility now in progress. Up to last year August, the enrolment was approximately 42 residents housed at the institution.
Mr. Stewart expressed gratitude to the South Florida Diaspora indicating that through their generosity, the ongoing commitment has been used towards the advancing the welfare of the students.