WORTHY CAUSE: Each year the proceeds from the collection taken up at the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast is donated to an institution that looks after the underprivileged, the poor and the destitute. Past beneficiaries include the Trench Town-based Eira Schrader Home for the Aged, the Glenhope Place of Safety and the Marie Atkins Night Shelter for the Homeless. This year, on the occasion of the 38th renewal of the NLPB, the funds are being donated to the Randolph Lopez School of Hope (located on Golding Avenue, near UWI Mona), which cares for physically and mentally challenged youngsters, aged six to 20 years. In 2017, a little over half-a-million dollars was given to Children First to assist with their holistic life skills and skills-building project at the South Camp Juvenile Correctional Centre, benefitting 50 wards of the state.
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“It’s important that [we] get a clear understanding of what transpired. We’re going to do a full audit of all the children’s homes to make sure that they are all operating at the requisite standard so we can mitigate any possible recurrence of fires because this is not the first [incident] that has occurred at children’s homes. So we need, very importantly, to get to the bottom of this one.” – Youth, Education and Information minister, Ruel Reid, in response to the recent fire at the Walker’s Place of Safety, which claimed the lives of two female wards