Thursday, 6 September 2012

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Reggae Boyz and Digicel bring mid-week cheer to Glenhope tots

UP HIGH: Striker Luton Shelton high-fives one of his fans.

Taking a break from preparations for this Friday’s World Cup qualifier against the US, Jamaica’s senior national footballers (the Reggae Boyz), on Wednesday paid a visit to the state-run Glenhope Nursery in Kingston to interact with the tiny youngsters. The full squad, alongside members of the technical staff, and Digicel representatives made the trip.

“Winning a match and improving our chances of qualifying for the World Cup is important,” head coach Theodore Whitmore noted, “but there are other things in life that are more important, such as showing love and inspiring people, especially young people.”

Constructed in 1973, the nursery, located off Maxfield Avenue, is one of 13 government-operated child-care institutions in Jamaica. The facility tends to the needs of nearly 50 babies and toddlers, who have been abandoned or orphaned or disabled and are in need of state care.

FACE VALUE: Defender Jermaine Taylor shared his cap.

MELLOW YELLOW: Kavin Bryan greets one of the young soldiers.

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