Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Salute to Kiwanis Club of New Kingston Awardees

Dr Carol Jacobs

Excerpt from Jamaica Observer Column - Jean Lowrie-Chin | 29 March 2010

Speaking of those who take their responsibility seriously, we salute the award recipients honoured last Thursday by the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston - Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin. The citations to Sonita Abrahams, Dr Carol Jacobs, Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte, Norma Harrack, Esther Tyson and young Anders Jones remind us of our boundless capacity to empower each other.

Our young athletes should note that Anders Jones was only 14 when he came to Jamaica from Boston to visit his father who was on assignment here. He struck up a conversation with his taxi driver who noted that his son attended Mountain View Primary School. Anders asked to stop and see the school and noted the limited computer facilities. He returned home and founded Teens for Technology. Mountain View Primary School and many more throughout Jamaica now have splendid computer labs, thanks to Anders and his team. His initiative has spread to six countries, including Thailand and The Congo, providing IT services for some 500,000 students.

The achievements of all the honourees will no doubt be widely published in the media, but allow me to mention that Dr Carol Jacobs, pioneer in HIV-AIDS treatment in Barbados and globally, is the daughter of Jamaica's family planning pioneers Dr Lenworth Jacobs and the legendary Beth Jacobs. "The apple does not fall far from the tree."

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