The Digicel Jamaica Foundation, on Friday October 21, walked away with the top prize for Corporate Social Responsibility in the Large Business Category at the recently held AMCHAM Business & Civic Leadership Awards and Gala. As one of six organizations considered for the award, the Digicel Foundation was honoured to be considered and selected.
The 12 year old non-profit organisation, has been a committed partner in nation building, since its inception following the passage of Hurricane Ivan. With a view of impacting development and improved national outcomes in education, special needs and community development, the Digicel Foundation has invested over J$3 billion to date. Through the passion, partnership and ingenuity of Jamaicans looking to build their community, the Foundation has executed 737 projects, impacting over 500,000 persons by providing financial and capacity building support to projects that impact a wide cross-section of Jamaicans.
Samantha Chantrelle, CEO of Digicel Foundation who was also on hand to collect the award noted “We are only able to work where there are committed and selfless Jamaicans ready and willing to partner with us. It is their drive and determination that powers each of our 737 projects so this award is really for and through them. We are grateful to be able to facilitate their excellence.”
The AMCHAM Business and Civic Leadership Awards are given to organisations and individuals that are driving and achieving both economic and social progress in Jamaica through leadership, stewardship and community building activities.
The Award came just hours before the record-breaking 5th staging of Imagine 5K. The annual Run/Walk event is the second largest of its kind, raising funds and awareness for the Jamaican special needs community.
ABOUT DIGICEL FOUNDATION
Digicel Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2004 to mobilize and distribute resources within Jamaican communities. The main efforts of the Foundation revolve around three sectors – education, social enterprise and community development – guided by a simple mission to help build a better future for all Jamaicans. To date the Foundation has invested over J$3 billion in 737 projects, impacting 580,000 Jamaica.