Hall of Fame track star builds school in Jamaica

June 22, 2016

Sixty preschoolers are set to access free education at the Pedro Plains Infant School in St. Elizabeth, which is being built by Hall of Fame track and field legend Donovan Bailey, and the Donovan Bailey Foundation (DBF).

Bailey, in partnership with Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation and Food For The Poor along with 25 enthusiastic volunteers are seeking to service critical education needs in Jamaica.

The new building, which is strategically positioned on the site of Pedro Plains Primary School will ease the transition from infant to primary school.

At present, a total of 40 Students attend the school.

Bailey who once held the 100m world record says he is enjoying the experience.

“What an experience, we are a few days into the DBF building with Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation and I am amazed at what these volunteers and local contractors have accomplished,” says Bailey.

The Pedro Plains Infant School according to Bailey will be the first of many schools that his foundation will partner on with the other entities.

Over the past six years, Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation however, has built 12 schools in partnership with Food For The Poor.

Karl Hale, founder of Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation is thrilled to be partnering with Bailey.

Hale said, “Donovan is a global icon and is always gracious with his time.  The school that we build will impact children for generations to come.  It’s the 20th anniversary of Donovan’s Olympic Gold Medals and Helping Hands volunteers are excited to be part of another school build.” 

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