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Water tanks for the new school term from Digicel

Digicel Jamaica | 2014-08-29 00:00:00

While the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been taking the world by storm, Barry O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer of Digicel has decided to instead pour his support into three schools in the corporate area.

O’Brien on Thursday visited the Franklin Town Primary School, St. Michael’s Primary School and Kingston College to make a donation of well needed, 650 gallon tanks. Also on hand for the handovers was the Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald G. Thwaites.

O’Brien said, “The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and what it represents is admirable and Digicel has supported it, however it is imperative that we also localize such social media trends and make them beneficial to Jamaicans.”

Leroy Smith, principal of Franklin Town Primary was thoroughly surprised by the donation. “I got a call to say come to the school, I saw Minister Thwaites here and I was even more curious as to what was happening. To hear that the school is getting this donation is just perfect. We are ready to get it filled over the weekend just in time for the first day of school.”

Meanwhile, principal of Kingston College, Dave Myrie already has plans for the tank, stating that it will be placed on the school’s second campus by the bathroom. “We’ve been plagued by water problems the year round on both campuses so this has moved us towards solving some of the water storage issues. Actually just this morning we spoke to the parents on how the bathrooms would be maintained given the current water crisis and so to have this donation by Digicel a few hours after, we are really grateful.”

In addition to the tanks, the telecommunications company will also be absorbing the cost of installation and first fill up of the tanks.

The donation of the water tanks is a part of the company’s Extraordinary Moment initiative. So far twelve tanks have been donated to basic, primary and high schools in the parishes worse affected by the drought. These schools include Elleston Primary Schools, Pondside Primary, New Comb Valley Primary, Dalvey Primary and Watsonton Primary.

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