BEST Community Competition

BEST Community Competition

November 30th 2006

Digicel Foundation Finances BEST Community Competition
Kingston, Jamaica – December 1, 2006

The non-profit organization, Digicel Foundation has committed $10 Million per annum, towards the staging of the BEST Community Competition, which will be open to participation from over 780 communities islandwide.

Major General Robert Neish, Executive Director of the Digicel Foundation made the announcement last evening at the Launch of the BEST Community Competition at Jamaica House. He explains that the financing from Digicel Foundation will make prizes, prize money and training available to community groups.

"Those funds will go towards the provision of trophies and prize-money, with $2Million for the winning community at the national level," said General Neish. "Digicel Foundation will also be presenting a trophy for the Best Educational Institution."

He outlines the nature of the Foundation’s involvement in other aspects of the project, "At Digicel Foundation, we are committed to building sustainable communities through the utilization of resources in the development of cultural, educational and social opportunities. In this vein, we will be assisting with social transformation in communities by offering technical expertise and resources in the area of educational and cultural development, to communities participating in the competition."

Digicel Foundation is not only a sponsor and facilitator for the Competition, but a member of the Steering Committee which has been involved in the planning and implementation of the programme. This non-profit group says it decided to support the programme, because it was impressed with the vision that the Steering Committee presented. "We endorse this vision for Jamaica of orderly, attractive communities providing nurturing environments for the young, serene surroundings for the elderly, and a familial spirit where we recapture traditional Jamaican sisterhood and brotherhood," commented General Neish.

He applauded the efforts of the Steering Committee for the BEST Community Competition, in ensuring that no matter what the socio-economic conditions of each neighbourhood, they can receive assistance in improving themselves and in becoming model communities. General Neish told participants in last evening’s Launch Ceremony, that the Foundation deems it commendable for the competition to not just invite participation from communities, but will empower them with a network of volunteers and organizations to help the communities achieve their objectives.