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Michael Folkes showed me that no matter how bad my past was, I have the power to make my life better; and I have. Thank you.
Lemar Hugget, Student, Mount Waddy Primary School, Friendship, Jamaica
At first I will achieve my goals in school. I will be more disciplined as I grow older and trust God through the years. I will do excellent in school. I will be faithful, truthful and kind in school.
"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