The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. W.I. 03 November 2017. The Vincent HoSang Family Foundation has donated US$10,000 to the fundraising efforts spearheaded by The University of the West Indies (The UWI) to support Caribbean islands affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. The donation was made through the University’s newly established, Caribbean Emergency Management Association (CEMA). CEMA is a joint fundraising organisation between The UWI and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
Presenting the cheque at The UWI Mona Western Jamaica Campus (The UWI/WJC) in Montego Bay, Jamaica-born, Dr. Vincent HoSang, who is a leading producer of Jamaican-styled patties in North America and Chairman of the US-based Foundation, said he was “Saddened at the devastation wreaked by the hurricanes and the suffering of our Caribbean brothers and sisters. I hope this donation will help to put them on the path to recovery.”
A well-known business leader and philanthropist, Dr. HoSang holds the national honour, the Order of Jamaica conferred by the Government of Jamaica and an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from The UWI.
Dr. Luz Longsworth, Principal of The UWI Open Campus who is coordinating the hurricane relief efforts on behalf of The UWI said, “We are elated to receive the donation from Dr. HoSang as there is a lot of work to be done to rehabilitate the islands destroyed by Irma and Maria. We are seeing the devastation first-hand as our UWI teams work with the officials in islands like Dominica and Barbuda where our Open Campus family and others have been hard-hit. The UWI is mobilising resources from alumni, philanthropic individuals and companies in the Caribbean and internationally to help finance relief efforts.”
Dr. Longsworth lauded the generosity of Dr. HoSang, a longstanding major donor to a number of The UWI’s programmes including the Mona School of Business & Management project for Entrepreneurship and full tuition scholarships offered through the American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI), for needy students pursuing their first degrees at the University.