At the heart of any successful company is its desire to play its role as a corporate citizen and give back to its community. For this our 60th year, we have embarked on a mission to build communities, build our nation, through “60 Acts Of Kindness”.
Consequently, we have committed to helping people across the country through various charitable and noble gestures for the next few months. The scope of the project spans across multiple avenues including, education, youth and community development, environmental change and customer appreciation.
To date, our team at WIHCON has participated in several philanthropic and humanitarian initiatives. In September alone, we donated to McCooks Primary School in Old Harbour, located close to The SilverSun Estate, our newest project with the National Housing Trust through The Guaranteed Purchase Programme. Subsequently, Harbour View Primary School received a donation from us, towards upgrading the entrance of the school, which we built back in 1961.
Then our team came out in their numbers to support International Coastal Clean-Up Day on September 21. Along with members of our parent company, ICD Group Holdings Ltd, our staff, including several executives, worked together to clean the beach along Foreshore Road in Port Royal. In the following weeks, we also donated a microwave to Convent of Mercy Academy “ALPHA”.
We continued our journey when we granted one scholarship and two grants to students pursuing degrees in civil engineering and the University of Technology, Pete Bryan, Michael Savage and Tajay Daley. Michael earned a full scholarship to complete his BSc in Civil Engineering while Peter and Tajay (pursuing the same degree) received bursaries towards the purchase of school supplies. Following this activity, we travelled a few feet from our head office to donate to the St Boniface Early Childhood Centre in Bull Bay in aid of their school feeding programme.
Then came the Christmas holiday season and in mid-December, our team donated toys and school supplies to children at the Bethlehem Home for Abandoned Children in Kingston. The following week we visited both the York Park Fire Station and the Kingston Central Police Station where we handed out individually wrapped fruit cake to the men and women at those stations, who work tirelessly to extinguish fires, enforce the law and save lives every day.
In the new year, we shifted to a more digital approach but not before giving away FREE coconuts to tourists and passersby along the Palisadoes Strip coming from the Norman Manley International Airport. It was our way of saying ‘Welcome’! We then hosted a number of online competitions offering vouchers and rewards through phone credit offered to Digicel and FLOW Jamaica customers and gift vouchers obtained from Gustazos Jamaica, Spaces Jamaica and MegaMart. We closed off our 60 Acts Of Kindness by donating various toiletries, personal items and supplies to the Haven Nursing & Care Centre in Bull Bay.
It has been a wonderful year-long celebration and we look forward to continuing to build communities and the nation through various similar outreach projects.
But tell us, what do you think we should do for our 70 Anniversary?