Le Antonio’ s Foundation Labor Day Project 2014
Jamaica celebrates its national Labor Day on May 23 each year; the tradition of the Island is to use the day for community based recreational, repair and clean-up activities. Families and community leaders usually plan events where they become “volunteer melting” pots. They identify areas needing assistance and gather at the targeted locations with equipment and supplies, such as paints, weed wackers, cement, tapes, plants, wheelbarrows etc. They get together and repair sidewalks, build curbs, repair public school facilities, repair broken road — all in the spirit of giving back — while pots of food and barbecues roar — as the women and men in the communities provide this onsite treat and beverages to replenish the hard working men, women and children performing their tasks.
On Labor Day 2014, Le’ Antonio’s Foundation and Le Antonio’s Construction. Ltd sponsored Barnett Lane’s first annual community Labor Day Project. The project accumulated over 200 volunteers from the community. The community rallied with LAF to remove accumulated debris and garbage from city streets and curbs, painted curb walls city street lines; while LAF provided food and beverage and entertainment for this event.
Le Antonio’s Foundation-Giving to HIV & AIDS
On July 30, 2014 the Le’ Antonio’s Foundation donated a variety of toiletries to the HIV/AIDS hospice located on Lloyd Young Drive in Montego Bay. Donation included adult diapers, toothpaste, salt, sugar, socks, liquid soap, a wide assortment of teas and bed linen…read more
Le Antonio’s Foundation Donates to Railway Gardens Basic School
BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large Western Bureau (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thursday, October 02, 2014
MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Railway Gardens Basic School, located in one of several inner-city communities here, was last week presented by the recently established Le-Antonio’s Foundation with much-needed back-to-school supplies.
The donation, which consisted of shoes, cartridge papers, pencils, exercise books, crayons, reading materials and toiletries, was handed over to principal Laura Clarke by Antonio McKoy, the foundation’s president,at a brief ceremony at the institution.
According to McKoy, the gift was a collaborative effort between his foundation and the New Jersey, US-based Rising Sun Foundation for Kids, headed by Jamaican native Recisa Fearon.
In receiving the donation, Clarke expressed gratitude to the foundations, noting that the items will enhance the learning experience at the school, which has 61 students on roll and three teachers. She later told the Jamaica Observer West that the donation “will help parents because some of them cannot buy books, shoes…and the teaching materials will go a far way in enhancing teaching and learning”. Read more…
Blossom Garden Children’s Home Receives Donation
Non-profit organization-Le Antonio’s Foundation, Jamaica and The Rising Sun Foundation for Kids, New Jersey, USA partnered to donate a wide variety of school supplies, school shoes, toiletries and snacks to the Blossom Garden Children’s Home in MoBay, Jamaica. We are looking forward for other organizations to sponsor or partner with us in donating to other Children’s Homes across Jamaica. Le’ Antonio’s is vested in improving the quality of the lives of children in need. The Foundation works create a safe learning environment for the children living in Montego Bay, Jamaica and its environs. The goal of this Foundation is to reach as many children as possible who are less fortunate and may be cast aside. We need you to help us strive to increase access to information in learning to these children, this can be done through your donations of new or fairly used books and other educational materials.
Hundreds Of Students Benefit From Le Antonio’s Foundation’s Back to School Treat
Radio announcer Barrington “Barry G” Gordon, interviews chief executive office of Le Antonio’s Roofing and Construction, Antonio McKoy, during the Le Antonino’s Foundation Back-to-School Treat in 2014
More than 200 students from within Montego Bay’s inner-city areas benefited from the Le Antonio Foundation annual back-to-school treat and book drive, held at the organisation’s Homework and Development Centre at its Barnett Lane, Montego Bay, base on Monday.
The youngsters were treated to a fun-filled day, with free back-to-school packages, including books, school bags, pencils and other educational supplies. They were also provided with refreshments.
The event also featured a live outside broadcast with Barrington ‘Barry G’ Gordon of Mello FM.
Three medical doctors, Ucal Thompson, Jacqueline Chambers and David Brown, also provided free back-to-school medical checks for 28 students. The Professional Eye Care organisation also conducted free eye testing and provided prescription glasses at no cost to those in need.
Three students benefited from scholarships – Le Antonio’s Foundation, Mello FM and The Suzette Brown scholarships.
The audience was entertained by reggae artiste, Roland Burrell and singer Chris DeMontaque, as well as the Montego Bay Boys and Girls’ marching band..read more
Le Antonio’s Foundation Stages Christmas Treat
WESTERN BUREAU:Scores of youngsters from Barnett and Railway lanes in Montego Bay were treated to fun and giveaways during the Le’Antonio Foundation’s annual Christmas treat at Barnett Lane, on Sunday.
More than 200 gift bags filled with educational books and toys were given to the excited children. In addition to receiving gift bags, the children were also treated to sandwiches, cake, ice cream, and other goodies. The event also saw the staging of the Little Princess Competition, which was won by Kadeja Linwood.
“I get a feeling of euphoria from making people happy,” founder of the charity, Antonio McKoy, told Western Focus. “This is the community where I operate my roofing and construction business, so I feel it is absolutely important to give back. Last year, we had a great response, and I wanted to go all out this year to make it even better,” he added.
Giveaways were in no way limited to young residents of Barnett and Railway Lanes. The Christmas treat also saw several children from adjoining inner-city communities in attendance. All children left the venue with gift bags, and they, as well as their parents, expressed appreciation for the gesture.
“This is a good thing that Mr Antonio is doing for the community. Earlier in the year, he helped us with back-to-school and now this Christmas treat. Some business persons will not do this, so we are very grateful to him. We are even more happy because, for many of us parents, these gifts are possibly the only ones our children will be receiving for Christmas, because times are so hard,” said one parent, Trudy Hamilton.
Lucky Elderly Persons
Adults who accompanied children to the fun day were not left out either. A total of 30 gift packages, containing a variety of items including toiletries and hand towels, were randomly given out to them, and two lucky elderly persons each received a bag of goods containing essential grocery and household items.
Mark Douglas, who is a co-founder of the Le’Antonio Foundation, said this was only the beginning for the two-year-old charity.
“We are in the community and so this is our way of giving back. However, our activity is not only limited to Railway and Barnett lanes, we have already started to reach out across St James and also other western parishes,” he said.
Sponsors of Sunday’s Christmas treat included Thrifty Gas Station, Food For The Poor, Berty’s Bar, Le’ Antonio Roofing & Construction, C&H Special Snacks, Bay City Supermarket, the Rising Sun Foundation, Deloris Computer Service, Michelle Decor and Distribution, as well as recording artiste Chokey Taylor.
The Le’Antonio Foundation operates a Homework Center and a mentorship programme at its headquarters, located at 1 Barnett Lane, Montego Bay. The Center is open to youngsters between the ages of six and 16.