Good vibes and great music filled the private room at LEE’s restaurant on King St. West last Thursday as the Jamaican community and friends of Jamaica, gathered to pay tribute to the beloved Bob Marley.
Guests, including Seth George Ramocan, Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto; the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation (HHJF) board members and PACE representative and recipient Lemoy Wilby enjoyed a sampling of LEE’s unreleased spring menu and swayed along to Bob Marley songs on what would have been the reggae icon’s 69th birthday.
The HHJF also debuted their 2014 operating plan, outlining key goals and objectives for this year and previewing upcoming events and activities. The HHJF annual gala will be held at the Donalda Club in September and the annual walkathon will take place in June.
During the event, the HHJF presented a cheque for $18,000 to PACE for work in schools in Jamaica and $1,500 to Wilby, a Jamaican student attending George Brown College.
“In 2012 as Jamaica celebrated independence, I heard Denise Jones being interviewed on Power 106 about the work of Helping Hands,” said Wilby. “I was having difficulty getting my school fees together and I called her. Helping Hands and Jones & Jones contributed to my school fees and I am so thankful that they have continued to help me.”
The mission of Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation is to improve the lives of the next generation of Jamaicans by improving literacy and building schools, through investing in infrastructure, resource materials and expertise.
Since 2006, Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation has raised over $775,000 to support schools, hospitals and communities in Jamaica. Funds raised have built six schools, assisted seven hospitals, two basic schools and assisted one student. Over 4,000 children’s lives have been touched through the generosity of their donors and supporters.
For more information, visit www.helpinghandsjamaica.com.