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Kindness is a language that the blind can see: Senator Floyd Morris pledges $100,000 to JSB Scholarship Fund

Breakthrough Communications | 2019-03-28 09:26:00

“God has been good to me and His word says that when you surrender your life to Him He will open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing on you. He has been blessing me and I want to ensure that I share what God has been doing in my life. The proceeds from the Race will go towards the scholarship fund at the JSB so I am committed and will deliver on race day a cheque for $100,000.”

Reminiscing on the key role that the institution played in his life 30 years ago when he became blind, Senator Morris revealed that his educational accomplishments were made possible because of the support he received from the JSB.

“It’s the least that I can do as a part of giving back to the institution that empowered me. A part of my giving back is the trust I have in the management and leadership of the JSB. I know that their hearts, minds and souls are in the right place and the resources that they receive will be used educatively for the empowerment of persons who are blind and visually impaired,” he continued.

“There are others here who have been making their contribution but I realize that I have a national face; I have national responsibilities and so to whom much is given, much is required and that is why I have to ensure that at all times I put issues relating to persons who are visually impaired on the agenda so that individuals will recognise and know that a person’s eye might be blind but their brains are not.”

Education is a fundamental means of social empowerment and transformation, especially for the blind and visually impaired. Institutions such as the Jamaica Society for the Blind play a pivotal role in helping to drive the support for educating and empowering these individuals. The JSB has been an anchor for numerous blind and visually impaired persons and has given them hope to realize that they can achieve their dreams in spite of the fact that they are not able to see.

Senator Morris lauded Running Events Jamaica for partnering with the JSB to improve the lives of the blind and visually impaired.

“When the JSB is supported by an institution like Running Events and other such stakeholders, it is a formula for tremendous success,” noted Senator Morris. “The partnership between Running Events and the JSB is a sustainable partnership that is going to meaningfully transform the lives of the blind and visually impaired in Jamaica.”

Also speaking at the launch, Managing Director at Running Events Jamaica, Alfred “Frano” Francis disclosed how the work done by the JSB fuels them.

“We are thankful that we can find the energy and the spunk to support such a worthy organization- The Jamaica Society for the Blind, who is doing such a wonderful job enhancing the lives of the blind and visually impaired in our society by helping them to realize their full potentials. There are many persons who are in need of educational support and we hope that the Run this year can double the number of persons who will benefit. We are committed to the cause and we are happy to be working with them in their endeavors.”

“We are not just banking on the entry fees or Senator Morris’ contribution of a $100, 000,” he further expressed, “But, we are reaching out to individuals and corporate entities to come on board and support the JSB in helping to educate persons who are blind and visually impaired.”

Senator Morris expressed gratitude to race participants for making it a reality and a possibility for the blind and visually impaired to have an equal opportunity for success.
He shared that it has been very empowering and transforming for persons with visual impairment and the investment is a worthy one and therefore implores his colleagues in the running circuit to come out and give support to the Everyone’s A Winner 5K & 10K Event on Sunday, April 14, 2019.

“I want to say to my fellow road-racers come and join and give your support. I want to see at least 5,000 participants come race day because we are a testimony of what your resources, throughout your contribution, has been going to,” concluded Senator Morris.

The funds raised from the 2018 staging of the event aided in the purchase of 24 computers equipped with Non-Visual Desktop Application (NVDA) software which allows blind and visually impaired persons to interact with the computer and the internet.

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