Ambassador to the United States (US), Her Excellency Audrey Marks, has announced the launch of a competition called Jamaica Roots aimed at nationals in the US who have lost connection with their homeland.
The competition, which will run from November 5, 2017 to February 4, 2018, provides the opportunity for Jamaican-Americans to win a trip to the island. Monthly draws will be broadcast on Facebook Live.
Ambassador Marks pointed out that Jamaica Roots, as the name suggests, is about reconnecting Jamaicans to their heritage and culture.
It is a chance for persons to re-establish links and to learn more about the country from which their family originated.
She said the ultimate objective is to encourage members of the diaspora to invest their time, talents and resources for Jamaica’s development.
Ambassador Marks explained that under the pilot programme, winners will receive a one-week free accommodation at a hotel, or stay with a family member; travel the island on guided tours; learn about their family history; and experience life in the community of their roots.
She pointed out that to be eligible, each applicant must be at least 21 years old at the time of travel; have Jamaican roots (able to prove themselves a citizen, or the child, grandchild, great-grandchild, great-great-grandchild of a citizen); have a valid passport; and have lived outside of Jamaica for at least 10 years.
Entries can be submitted at http://s.heyo.com/c9ca7e. All rules and requirements can also be found on Facebook @AmbassadorMarks.