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PORTMORE SELF-HELP DISABILITY

  • By ANNETTIA BENNETT-ATKINSON · Jamaica, Americas

 

PORTMORE SELF-HELP DISABILITY

Main aim of the charity

to reachall disabled persons in Portmore and its environs. Some of the work done in the community includes: Home/ Hospital Visit Motivational talks in schools Wheelchair repairs Job placement & Skill training

How the employee got involved and why

I became involved with the Organization for over five years. I learnt about Bridgette, owner of PSDO when i was reading an article in the Gleaner newspaper where she was pleading for help for the disabled community. In the article she also mentioned that not enough was being done for the disabled community in Portmore which drew my attention as an events planner to reach out to her to find out how i can offer my service. It was while speaking with her she said that she has gotten promises and no one came through for her, but i told her that as an event organizer i will offer my service at no charge, so from there i organized a football match to help raise funds for her company. The football match was a success, however, enough money wasn't raised but they had a wonderful time knowing that the event was done in their honour. Things then started to grow from there between Bridget and I. She then invite me to become a Director which i agree and ever since i have been a member of the board.

What work does the employee do for charity?

Because my background is events planner, she requested for me to help raise funds for the organization.

What impact would winning have on the charity?

Winning this would help to purchase food for the canteen. The organization now has a facitilty up and running as well as a canteen. The centre offers skill training to the disabled community free of cost and this include feeding them, therefore in winning this prize will definitely give Bridgette a chance to continue to provide free meals for all the disabled persons who attend the workshop. These children are from very poor background so in teaching them a skills will make them feel a sense of belonging.

What impact would winning have on the employee?

Well, to win this I would be overwhelmed knowing that i am able to give back to the the less fortunate so much so to the disabled community. In Jamaica, the disabled persons are hardly recognized and this initative will bring about awareness for them to know that they are loved and appreciated despite who they are.

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