'Seed for Life' envisions a prosperous St Thomas

January 19, 2017
Ionie Roberts feeding children at a Seed for Life event
A member of Seed for Life presents a meal to a resident.
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The less fortunate in St Thomas are being targeted by voluntary organisation Seed for Life, whose principals are children of the soil.

They are seeking to shine some light on the widely regarded 'forgotten' parish.

Ionie Roberts, CEO, and Lascelles Forsyth, chairman, told THE STAR that the aim of the organisation is to empower lives throughout the parish.

Roberts said they have been in existence since May 2000 and have provided essential items such as books, bags, shoes, clothing, and food to children and the various communities at large.

THE STAR was also told that Seed for Life has donated medical supplies.

"We are friends of the Princess Margaret Hospital. Whenever I go abroad, I always bring back things for them. We are also in the process of acquiring an ultrasound machine," Brown said.

 

WAYS OF GETTING FUNDING

 

The non-profit entity secures funding by hosting fundraisers and through sponsorship from various organisations, though resources are limited.

They have an event coming up, 'Homecoming for St Thomas', and are seeking financial support.

"In St Thomas now, some of these kids coming up, they don't even know the Bath Fountain, they don't know the historic facilities in St Thomas. So we want to have an event in July wherein we take these kids on a tour," said Roberts.

They told THE STAR they want to get corporate Jamaica involved and for persons in the diaspora from the parish to come back.

They also want to involve the business communities, schools, clubs, churches and others.

Forsyth said he has been in dialogue with Member of Parliament Dr Fenton Ferguson, who had promised to help.

Seed for Life is also trying to establish a scholarship fund.

"There are several children right now in St Thomas that can't sit the CXC because of the lack of finance. I have a list of names. There are kids with as much as 11 CXCs grade one and two who need help to go to a tertiary institution," said Roberts. "Their parents cannot afford it ... . We want to assist kids to take another step in their education."

The duo told THE STAR they have seen improvements in children through their interaction over time.

They say they want to highlight the parish and expose all the good things about St Thomas, however, a collective effort is desired.

"We used to get good support from companies (sponsors), but the downturn in the economy affected them, so it affected the donations. For a while we were down, not able to do anything," Forsyth told our news team.

Persons wishing to donate to Seed for Life can call 982-4065, 432-0875, 342-6802 or 556-1130.

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