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August 25, 2014
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10,000 benefit from Digicel back-to-school treats

Neil Lawrence, (right), diaspora manager at Digicel has a chat with Carlos Clemmings, president of the Men's Department at the Mount Carmel Faith Overcomers Church, before he leaves with the back-to-school items donated by the telecommunications company for the church's back-to-school treat which will be held on August 30. - Contributed

Amid the ever- stressful and costly back-to-school season, 10,000 persons can now breathe a sigh of relief for the plethora of school items they have received courtesy of Digicel.

This year, the telecommunications leader has been involved in over 50 back-to-school treats hosted by schools, children's homes, Government officials and charities across the island. As such, thousands of children have since been able to benefit from free school items such as backpacks, books, calculators, pencil cases, pencils, pens, water bottles and drawstring bags.

In other give-back initiatives, some students have also benefited from tablets, data plans, MiFi devices as well as modems to help make study and research much easier.

Beneficiaries of the company's charitable gesture include New Forest Primary and Junior High in Manchester, Waterhouse Community Club and Yadel Girls Home in Kingston, Bath Youth Club in St Thomas, among others.

In an upcoming treat at the Mount Carmel Faith Overcomers Church in St Catherine, on August 30, more than 200 students will receive back-to-school items as well as free haircuts. Carlos Clemmings, president of the Men's department of the church and event coordinator said, "Some of the parents in the community have it very hard, but the kids really do deserve a chance of success by going to school. As a church in the community it is our responsibility to not only spread the word but also help those in need. It is also moving that big companies like Digicel have stepped in to lend a hand; the back-to-school items they have donated will have a real and immediate impact."

Meanwhile the School for the Deaf in Montego Bay, St James, is also a happy recipient of back-to-school items. Principal Dianne Thompson said, "There are times when some of our students will come back to school with little or no supplies, so clearly there is a need; getting these items is a big help and a great way to start off the school year."

Senior sponsorship manager at Digicel, Tahnida Nunes, said, "In addition to our donations... We are offering major discounts on Internet modems and smartphones so that persons in the educational sector can have access to the Internet."

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