Jamaica and Patrick Ewing Join Forces to support Children of Jamaica
May 25, 2007
- A four-member delegation from the New York based Jamaican charity,
Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) inc. will visit Jamaica from May
29 - June 1 as part of activities in observance of Child Month, celebrated
in May each year. Led by Chairman/Founder Gary M. Williams, the organization
will make presentations of gifts and school supplies to two benefactors,
Alpha Boys Home and City of Refuge. Scholarship presentations will
also be made to individuals from both institutions, based on the proceeds
raised from its annual charity ball, held each December in New York.
Air Jamaica has
again come on board to support COJO and will transport the items to
be presented and assist in flying members of the delegation to Jamaica.
Alpha Boys Home and City of Refuge will also benefit from the generosity
of former New York Knicks star and Houston Rockets Assistant Coach
Patrick Ewing who donated sneakers to the cause.
COJO is a non-profit
organization in New York, whose mission is to help improve the health,
education and general well being of underprivileged children.
Over the past decade, the volunteer-driven organization has supported
a number of institutions in Jamaica as well as the United States.
Among them are the Alpha Boys Home; Glenhope Place of Safety;
Marigold Child Care Centre and the Musgrave Girls Home in Jamaica;
and in New York, the Jamaica, Queens YMCA and Leaf of Life.
Chairman of COJO
Gary Williams is pleased to return to Jamaica, noting that this is
his seventh visit to Jamaica, since the organization was formed in
1994. "Our children are the future and any opportunity to help
them is a worthwhile investment which has far reaching implications.
If we fail to take care of our children, there will be no future for
us," said Williams, Chairman of COJO.
stance is supported by Attorney and Childrens Advocate Marian
Edelman Wright who once remarked If we dont stand up for
children, then we dont stand for much.
Air Jamaica, Trans-Continental Express Shippers and the Jamaica Pegasus
Hotel are among the corporate entities, which have made the visit