In Celebration of Jamaica 60, the D&G Foundation (powered by Red Stripe) conceptualized the #6xSixty (pronounced 6 for Sixty) competition. During this two month competition, community activists were invited to submit entries about their community projects in a bid to win $1Million.
With over 100 entries; 17 candidates were shortlisted. These semi-finalists then submitted personalized videos, to pitch their community project and encourage public voting on social media, narrowing down the 17 semi-finalists from across the island to four finalists from each county of Jamaica. On October 27, 2022 two winners from each county were announced, each winning $1Million towards their community project.
We wish to congratulate our winners and express deep gratitude to all our community advocates, who shared their passion and dedication to this great nation through the #6xSixty Competition.
Introducing Cornwall County Winners
Dumfries Movies is a community group, located in Dumfries, St James that caters to the holistic needs of all community members. The group has facilitated a number of sessions addressing topics such as mental health management , depression, suicide awareness, improving one's self esteem, etc. They also have organised various outreach activities, which includes distributing care packages, a health fair at the Montego Bay Type 5 Health Center, an annual Christmas treat for the elderly and a back to school treat for the community’s youth.
This group plans to utilize the 6 for 60 prize to complete its bathroom at its community center and tiling the facility. The center serves as a hub for all these events and a solace for the community members.
To keep up with Dumfries Moves and/or find out how you can also help them, check out @dumfries.moves on Instagram.
Thornton Community Club
Hailing from Saint Elizabeth is the Thornton Community Club. The Community Club has been a space for personal and professional development for community members as well as for assistance in many different areas. It is also the oasis of the community and has hosted its many sports summer camps and sports days.
In an effort to continue the work and improve on its offerings to the community, the club members entered our 6 for 60 competition. With the assistance from the D&G Foundation, Thornton Community Club will continue making renovations to the community center, inclusive of electrical work, painting and plumbing.
If you would like to further assist this community club, reach out to email@example.com
Introducing Middlesex County Winners
Bucknor Computer & Internet Cafe
Aiming to provide a ray of hope for the Bucknor Community, the Bucknor Community Club applied for the 6 for 60 Initiative. The Bucknor community was painted as a volatile area for many years. It was tainted with criminal activity and poverty, which has affected the residents, who are subsequently stigmatized by the general public.
Those days are long gone but the community has been left to deal with its impact today. Zooming in on the future of the community and country at large, the members of the community reached out for assistance to build a community computer and internet center. The members of the club firmly believe that children are the future and that through education and access to opportunities, they can produce more exemplary citizens from the community.
The aim of the project is to provide computer service and internet access to all residents of the Bucknor Community especially children aged 6 to 18. Around 700 children live in the community, with 3 basic schools, 25% of which currently have zero access to internet . The center will become a hub for those children and those in neighbouring communities.
Want to help this community? Contact davidthomas_21 on Instagram
New Horizon Christian Outreach Ministries
This project is the combined effort of the New Horizon Christian Outreach Ministries and the Golden Acres Community Development Committee (CDC) in Spanish Town, Jamaica.
After identifying that unemployment is the greatest stimulant of criminality in the area, a proposal was made to offer skill training through innovative entrepreneurial ideas to engage community youth. The initiative provides skills such as Welding, Fabrication, Electrical Installation, Plumbing and Electrical Maintenance to the Golden Acres Community.
Looking to upscale the project, the organization reached out for assistance in purchasing machines, hand and power tools, moulds and further equipment. They also aim to further engage persons, not only through boosting livelihood but also providing the necessary certifications for marketable skills.
Further contribute to this community’s mission by reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Introducing Surrey County Winners
Eastwood Gardens Youth for Progress Youth Club
The Eastwood Gardens Youth for Progress Youth Club was founded in 2014 to combat the community’s low GSAT/PEP pass rate. What started out with meetings in an abandoned community bar, then moved to the construction of a community library in the following year. This new space was constructed to better accommodate learning and club activities.
The youth club has spearheaded many community building nitiatives over the years, such Christmas and back-to-school treats/dinners, quiz competitions, community sports days, a recycling project, talent shows and pageants and music classes.
As the club’s role in the community expanded, so too did the need for improvements and adjustment to their primary meeting space. The assistance from D&G foundation will be used to fund renovations and repurposing of the library to facilitate its current goal of being a space for students and children to utilise the internet and other resources to complete assignments, study and do research and for the club to host classes . The club will replace worn-out furniture and fix areas that have decayed over the years. The renovation will also include tiling, repainting, and purchasing resources such as a board, fans for, an AC unit, a printer, tablets, and a public address system for hosting events.
Help the youth continue to help other youth in this community and ignite a healthy chain reaction by reaching out to email@example.com
Social Work Training and Research Centre
The Social Work Training and Research Centre (SWTRC) is a unit within the Consortium for Social Development and Research (CSDR) of the Open Campus, UWI. It is engaged in Social Work and Social Services in a wide variety of programmes for family, youth and community development for Caribbean societies.
Through D&G Foundation’s assistance, repairs and renovations will be started to upgrade the infrastructure of the centre to boost sustainability, comfort, safety and general aesthetics. This will subsequently allow the centre be better able to continue offering affordable housing solutions to students, wards-of-the-state and other members of the communities served by the University.
The first stage of renovations will include infrastructural roofing repairs to a section of the residential block that has fallen down. The affected building houses 22 persons, (male and female) and comprises two bathroom areas and a passageway for a refrigerator. Since July 2021, this building has been closed due to the safety hazard that exists.
For further information on this project or to assist with actioning the follow up steps, visit uwiopencampus_swtrc on Instagram.