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Omario Gordon, Student, Mount Waddy Primary School, Friendship, Jamaica
The Melbourne and Michael Folkes Foundation to me means that I should be Mighty In Character. It encourages me to be strong in everything I do. It helps me to be confident in myself and in everything I do. It helps me to believe in myself and to do my school work. It also helps me to achieve my goals and set them the right way. It also encourages me to build my faith, joy and peace.
Andrew Grazzel, Student, Mount Waddy Primary School, Friendship, Jamaica
The Foundation means a lot to me. It is going to help me to use the computer and develop my skills. The Foundation is helping me to learn more about helping others – each one teach one. My attitude and behavior will change, and I will become a better person. I love this Foundation because it is helping my school to be the best school in the country.
"Better words cannot be said to describe Michael Folkes. He is a man of great integrity. He is altruistic, an honest and humble human being. One that respects all. It was a moment of joy and celebration at the kick-off of the Melbourne and Michael Folkes Foundation. The students' faces were lit up with excitement. They were attentive and very participative during Michael's speech. They welcomed him with open arms, spontaneously embracing him throughout the day. They enjoyed his company and from the emotions on Michael's face and his actions towards them one could tell it was a mutual feeling.
On April 14th 2014, something extraordinary and fulfilling started in Friendship, Jamaica. All who were present were reminded that no matter where you are from, no matter who you are, there is no excuse not to make something good of your life and to be the very best at what you do.
We were also reminded that we should keep God at the centre of everything we do and that our characters should be of kindness, truth, sharing and caring.
The day was one that will forever be etched in the minds of all who were present and is highlighted as the first footprint in the sand of a remarkable journey of helping others."
Claudine Rose, Secretary, Melbourne and Michael Folkes Foundation