YMCA Celebrates 100-Years of Service But in Need of Financial Support

 

Speedo presents YMCA’s team with a check for $100,000.00

The Kingston Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) on Wednesday (November 6) launched its 100thanniversary celebrations at its office on Hope Road.

The YMCA was established in 1920, is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that aims to promote the welfare of young people through spiritual, social, intellectual and physical activities and programs.

During the launch, Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, commended the YMCA team for their tireless work of positively impacting the lives of Jamaica’s youth, through various community outreach programs.


Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, speaking at the launch of YMCA’s 100th anniversary


Chuck said he greatly appreciated the mentorship he received from his family as a youth.  He highlighted that the positive values and attitudes inculcated in him helped him to be a success. The Minister likened the training, support, and exposure given by the YMCA to their members to what he received from his family.

 

Minister Chuck
promised to do all he can to support the continued development of the organization, and pledged to assist with fundraising activities “so that the Kingston YMCA can really expand its program so that more young people can be involved and get the benefit of the development of mind, body, and spirit”.

Chairman of the YMCA, Alan Roy Marsh, thanked the Minister for his support and said We have an operating budget of about $30 million annually, and it doesn’t cover all the expenses. We do not get any government support despite providing services to the country. Whatever funds we do get, we ensure that there is always prudent management of the resources”. Marsh expressed how important the work of the YMCA is and highlighted that support from government and the public – financially or otherwise is welcomed.

The activities for the anniversary officially begin on November 10 and will end in June of next year.
Jamaica Today
caught up with the 100th committee Chairman, Honorable Mike Fennel, and YMCA’s General Secretary, Mrs. Sarah Neeland-Martin, who gave us the details in the above clip.

Listen Here: https://youtu.be/SdjEGpnWv_4

 

By Shannon-Dale Reid

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