KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday December 31, 2103, CMC – Former West Indies captain Brian Lara has donated half a million dollars (One Jamaica dollar = US$0.01 cents) to the Jamaica government to provide assistance to children in the care of the Child Development Agency (CDA).
According to a release issued by the Ministry of Youth and Culture, part of the funds would be used to assist a 15-year-old girl who is in need of surgery.
The statement said that Lara, the recorder holder for the most runs in an innings, had initially indicated he would have been making a donation of J$250,000, but doubled the amount after holding talks with Youth Minister Lisa Hanna.
Lara said that the donation forms part of the work he intends to do to assist in the development of children and youth.
“It’s a great pleasure to be back in Jamaica. Hearing about the cases that have been going on in her field as the Youth Minister I feel it necessary as a Caribbean human being to try to make some sort of contribution, not just in my funds but in any way possible,” he said.
Noting that he is inspired by the enthusiasm of Jamaican youth, Lara said that he was encouraging all Jamaicans to strive to make a difference in the lives of children and young people for the New Year.
“The enthusiasm the youth have here, I love the whole vibrant way they live ….a lot of them weren’t as fortunate as I was to get the backing that I did but I’m sure the enthusiasm is still there and I would love to reach out and play a part in their future. Let’s put a good foot forward for 2014 and let’s try to make a difference,” said Lara. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)