Jamaica Gleaner / ‘Tis the season for giving and giving back, and though they remain coy about dollar figures and names, a few corporate leaders have affirmed their willingness to dip into their pockets and those of their companies to bring Christmas joy to less-fortunate children.
“Through our company, we choose about five or six reputable charities, we provide them with funding, and we allow them to do their work. We try to focus on the smaller kids, who are more vulnerable in the society, and we really target the Maxfield area in which our business is located,” shared Metry Seaga, managing director of Jamaica Fibreglass Products Limited.
Seaga, who also heads the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association, added that the association supports charitable causes yearlong, not just monetarily, but also socially.
While noting that she was not big on publicising charitable work, Audrey Hinchcliffe, founder and chief executive officer of Manpower and Maintenance Services Limited, said giving back to children from western Kingston is all but a tradition for her company.
“A lot of my workers are from the downtown area, so every year, we make a contribution to a charity in the constituency, which, in turn, assists both children and elderly persons in the area,” Hinchcliffe told The Gleaner .
Hinchcliffe added that her company also collects clothes, which it sends to a Baptist church in Mandeville for distribution to needy persons connected with the church.
For Chief Executive Officer of Digicel Foundation Dane Richardson, engaging in charitable work all year round has been an eye-opener as to just how many Jamaicans are underprivileged.
As a result, Richardson stated that he would be sharing his personal efforts with the wards of the Westhaven Home in Hanover.
“Every person deserves a Christmas wish, regardless of where they live. Hopefully, it will warm hearts and inspire giving beyond the holiday season,” said Richardson.