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US$1 million Donated to Jamaica’s Vaccination Programme

With the demand for vaccines on the rise, the Digicel Foundation is stepping up to help Jamaicans get back to living their lives without restrictions with a US$1 million donation to the National Health Fund (NHF) to assist in its purchase of vaccines. Minister Christopher Tufton met with the Digicel Foundation Patron, Denis O’Brien, on 27th April at the Digicel headquarters in downtown Kingston to accept the donation. Jamaica received its first shipment of vaccines in March and, with a successful vaccination blitz in April, more than 135,000 persons have now received their first dose of the vaccine. With corporate support playing an essential role in the Government of Jamaica’s continued fight against COVID, Digicel’s contribution will help to take those efforts to the next level. The Digicel Foundation has already donated over US$665,000 towards the national pandemic management efforts through its Operation SAFE Mode initiative to sanitise, advocate, feed and enable distance learning – and in November 2020, it also donated a plasma-apheresis machine to assist with the treatment of COVID patients at the University Hospital of the West Indies. Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said; “The Ministry of Health and Wellness is grateful for the continued support and partnership with Digicel, which has been a longstanding corporate citizen. This pandemic has further strengthened and shown the commitment of our private partners and we have always emphasised the importance of partnership in public health as a measure of success - and to which a part of our success can be attributed to.” Commenting on the donation, Digicel Foundation Patron, Denis O’Brien, said; “Vaccines are the most fundamental component in the fight against COVID and in helping people to get back to living their lives free of restrictions. We are proud to do our part to assist the Government’s efforts in encouraging everyone to get vaccinated and look forward to the day when everyone can come back together with family and friends.” Charmaine Daniels, CEO of the Digicel Foundation, commented; “We always want to go above and beyond to help create a world where no one gets left behind and that starts by ensuring that every Jamaican has access to the resources needed to survive this pandemic. With the wellbeing of our people being the top priority, we are committed to working with the Government of Jamaica to beat this virus.”

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Alpha Celebrates New Musical Era with Colm Delves Centre Opening

The Colm Delves Centre at the Alpha Institute is now the new home of Alpha’s iconic School of Music. The building was officially opened on April 27. Known as the cradle of Jamaican music, Alpha has a history of producing amazing musical talent. We sponsored the renovation of the schools’ old dormitories to create a dedicated space for students to practice, learn and access resources. Named in honour of our former Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves, who passed away in 2020, the Colm Delves Centre hosts rehearsal space for individual musicians, three band practice rooms, a resource centre and equipment for high-quality music recordings. Colm was known by many in the Digicel family as a music aficionado – often spending time at acoustic shows and major reggae concerts. The Colm Delves Centre is an investment in the future of Jamaica’s youth and the future of Jamaican music. Students can now register for classes at the Alpha School of Music when they visit www.alphamusicja.com Catch all the action from our unveiling when you click the link: http://ow.ly/LrIe50EzmCW

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