Thursday, 27 October 2016

GOOD NEWS: Entries now open for Sagicor's Imagine Awards + Missionaries of the Poor receive Nelson Mandela Prize

CALLED TO SERVE: For the more than four decades that Missionaries of the Poor have been carrying out charitable work from Kingston to Timbuktu, their tireless efforts have been recognized with awards from organizations far and wide. In addition to the Gusi Peace Prize (the Far East equivalent of the Nobel Prize) and the Martin Luther King Award (from the US Embassy), the Father Richard HoLung-led army has received the keys to the city of Miami and a humanitarian award from Jamaica's Wisynco Group. Now comes their latest honour: the 2016 Nelson Mandela Award for Human Rights, presented by the Sunshine Awards out of Manhattan, New York. “We are grateful and thankful that such work is blessed and regarded by our fellow man,” Father HoLung has said in response. “But these awards don’t matter much to the brothers or myself. Pleasing the Lord is all that matters. If He is glorified, then we are happy. If others are drawn to Christ by these awards, we are very happy. Out of his life, the source of our every grace, come our motivation and purpose.”

IMAGINE, CREATE, WIN: With the mission of encouraging entrepreneurship and assisting young, promising Jamaicans realize their unlimited potential, the Sagicor Foundation has launched the inaugural Imagine Awards. It’s aimed at business people, aged 16-35 years, who have “a great business idea or an existing business idea that needs support.” To qualify for these awards, individuals are asked to submit a description of their idea, outlining a growth strategy, a well-articulated business plan and funding requirement. Entrepreneurs can enter individually or in teams of five persons or less. The deadline for entries is November 4, 2016. After the top 10 entries have been shortlisted for a panel presentation, the first place awardee will take home half-a-million dollars. The second-place finisher will receive $300,000, and the third place winner $150,000. To learn more about the Imagine Awards and to submit your entry, visit or email

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