April 14th, 2014 was a very special day to me because Michael Folkes explained to the Mt Waddyians how he would help us with our school fees, lunches and books. This Foundation will make me maintain my grades and become more focused and develop much more in my work. This Foundation will help my mother a lot with my school fee and sending me to school. This foundation is like a gift to me. It will make me proud and not just me but my family too, as well as my teachers who have helped me from grade one through to grade six and teaching me right from wrong. This is a chance for me to shine and to become a better person in life.

Zoria Lewis, 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.

Omario Gordon, Student, Mount Waddy Primary School, Friendship, Jamaica

Auditorium Project

The Foundation will build a multi-purpose auditorium at the Mount Waddy Primary School in Friendship, Jamaica. The space will be used for:

  • Physical Education - Without a suitable indoor space, students may only enjoy Physical Education (P.E.) when the weather is suitable outdoors. However, the auditorium will provide a fantastic facility suitable for P.E. in all weathers, and is intended to improve the health, fitness and well-being of the school's young people.
  • Health Fairs (see Medical Care) - An excellent environment in which to have an approved health care facility to meet the wellness needs of the students and local community. 
  • Graduations - To celebrate achievement with parents and to inspire younger students to aim high.
  • Cultural Activities - A creative space in which to share, demonstrate and celebrate dance, music, theater and art.
"Lead from a place that yields consistent positive results." - Michael A Folkes