THE J Wray & Nephew Foundation (JWNF) and Nestle Jamaica have hailed as “gratifying” their Nutrition Roll-Out partnership, which unfurled on Easter’s eve at schools across the island.
An estimated 3,500 children from seven institutions in Kingston, Clarendon and St Elizabeth benefited from the roll-out, which saw 18,000 Nestle cereals and packets of its Nesfruta drink, plus sachets of milk provided by JWNF being donated.
Benefactors were Kemp’s Hill Basic and Gimme-Me-Bit Primary, both located in Clarendon; Seaview Gardens Primary and Seaward Primary and Junior High, along with Balmagie Primary and St Patrick’s Primary School in Kingston; as well as Appleton Estate Basic School in St Elizabeth.
The JWN Foundation, which operates under the mantra ‘Transforming lives and communities for a better Jamaica’, has three pillars — Education, Social Inclusion and Culture. At present, the Foundation’s activities are concentrated on developing the communities surrounding J Wray and Nephew Limited’s operations.
“We are truly grateful that Nestle has joined forces with us to assist the students within our communities. Through these nutritious cereals and juice mixes the students will be better equipped to learn and pursue excellence,” said Chairman of JWNF, Clement “Jimmy” Lawrence.
Commenting on the response, Lawrence said: “The students were excited by the tokens and this was reflected on their faces. I don’t blame them because the products were as attractive as they were nutritious and looked very tempting, so much so that I myself wanted to partake.”
Lawrence, who interacted with both students and school officials during the presentations at the respective institutions, embraced the opportunity to share.
“It was really good to get in the field and interact with these students, to see their schools, to meet some of their teachers and, of course, sharing conversation. So all in all it was a really gratifying experience,” said Lawrence.
The donations were made on the basis of school population and ensured that all students benefited for an adequate number of nutritional products.
Principal of Balmagie Primary, Vinette Simms, expressed a view shared by all the institutions.
“It’s really a timely venture; we need it,” said Simms. “It’s very good when somebody can come and invest in the inner city, students from the inner city, because most times people are attracted to people who can return the favour. But these children might not be able to return the favour but what will eventually happen is, when you invest in these children you’re actually investing in the future — and I consider those persons as visionaries.”
She added: “I certainly thank you (JWNF & Nestle) on behalf of the students and teachers of Balmagie Primary School… and we look forward to a continued partnership.”