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Donovan Bailey builds school with Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation

| 2016-06-22 00:00:00

Hall of Fame track and field legend Donovan Bailey and the Donovan Bailey Foundation (DBF) have partnered with Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation and Food For The Poor to service critical education needs in Jamaica. Together these organizations along with 25 enthusiastic volunteers are building Pedro Plains Infant School in St. Elizabeth for the 60 preschool children who will subsequently have access to free education. The new building is on the site of Pedro Plains Primary School that will ease the transition from infant to primary school. Currently, 40 Students attend the school, and the new building will accommodate up to 60 students.

Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation has built 12 schools in partnership with Food For The Poor over the past 6 years. Karl Hale the founder of Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation is thrilled to be partnering with Donovan Bailey “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.”

“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. This will be the first of many schools that we partner on.

Aside from Bailey’s incredible involvement in athletics, he has also committed himself to multiple charitable work and has been involved with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada, Kidsports Ontario, Prostate Cancer (UK, Canada) as well as Alzheimer’s Society (UK, Canada) and Nine Miles of Smiles amongst others.  In 2002, Bailey founded DBF, an organization committed to the advancement and financial assistance of Canada's talented amateur athletes. For more information please visit:

Food For The Poor Canada provides basic aid and sustainable development to those in need across the Caribbean and Latin America with a focus on Jamaica and Haiti. The charity aims to empower communities to lift themselves out of poverty through community-led programming in food, housing, health, education and livelihood. Over the last 8 years, Food For The Poor Canada has built 17 schools across Jamaica. If you are interested in learning more about Food For The Poor Canada or would like information please visit

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