Mount Olivet boys return from France

July 25, 2016
JIS Photo Yohan Blake speaks to JIS News at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on July 6, before he, along with five residents of the Mount Olivet Boys' Home in Manchester departed the island for a 12-day trip to France. In the background the boys fill out their immigration information.

The five boys from the Mount Olivet Boys' Home in Walderston, Manchester, are back in the island after their 10-day trip to France, courtesy of Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake's YB Afraid Foundation, and his French business partner, Richard Mille.

One of the boys had created a design, which was used by Mille on his new sports car.

Mitchell*, who created the chosen design, said they went to the Le Mans Classic car racetrack, where they saw his design on the car.

"It was pretty amazing. We weren't able to see the car race though because of the time, but the experience was good," he said.

"Words cannot really explain what Mr Mille and the YB Afraid Foundation have done for me," said another boy, while the youngest in the group said he enjoyed watching the fireworks in Paris.




Yohan Blake, a former World champion and Olympics double silver medallist, left the island with the boys on July 6, but had to return a few days before them, leaving them in the care of their Home chaperone and the YB Afraid team. The boys returned on July 18.

Blake was happy to travel with them and experience some of the things they mentioned. "We went straight to unveil the Richard Mille car that the boy's design was on as soon as we arrived. It was very exciting for them and even for me. Richard had asked to see what the boy could do and he liked the design, so he decided to use it. They weren't able to watch the races, but they got a chance for a driver to take them around the track," he said.

* Name changed

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