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Jevaun Reid, Student, Mount Waddy Primary School, Friendship, Jamaica
The Melbourne and Michael Folkes Foundation means to me that I am going to work harder, achieve more, serve God and obey my parents. It also encourages me to be confident in anything I am doing. The Foundation helps me to have a high self-esteem and be courageous. Mighty in character- MIC
Miss Frances Steer, Former Head Teacher, Mount Waddy Primary School, Friendship, Jamaica
"The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving." – Albert Einstein. The Melbourne and Michael Folkes Foundation is an organization geared towards community development. It will in the near future assist students financially to acquire a better education. Youngsters will benefit by gaining skills that will enable them to be more productive and allow them to become well rounded in life.
"Being mentally strong enough to utilize all the essential characteristics necessary in achieving your greatness."
- Michael A. Folkes
Mighty In Character also means a strong, powerful essence and spirit. It also means doing all that you know for a fact, to be good and true while remaining humble yet firm in your beliefs. Living MIC is placing a strong emphasis on working with children to nurture and develop their best qualities, to ensure that our future leaders reach their full potential. Living MIC is also providing a second chance to deserving adults who have made mistakes in the past, but who now wish to contribute to the betterment of our society. This ensures long-term prosperity for the community, the country and the world.
Mighty In Character is built on seven fundamental elements: truth, faith, courage, kindness, gratitude, humility and courtesy.
Fear can be the executioner of all great hopes and dreams. Go above and beyond what you've already mastered; until you push yourself to your maximum limit you will never know what you're capable of....be courageous!
Sometimes however, you must lead instead of being led. But always humble yourself!
Be grateful for your adversities, challenges & difficulties. See them as opportunities to grow. To know who you are, is to know where you came from. Be thankful of your accomplishments and where you are going. Start seeing your cup as half-full instead of half-empty!
Allow the humanity in us to understand greed, jealousy and envy, then allow our attitude, actions, kindness, caring and sharing to sustain the interdependence and coexistence of our humanity. Show a little compassion!
Faith is a matter of choice; you can choose to believe in it or you can choose to abandon it. However faith is fundamental in every human's life. First believe in yourself and develop the determination and confidence required to succeed even when the odds are sometimes stacked against you. Sometimes you must forget the status quo and exercise your faith!
Do not be boastful or consider yourself better than others, remember your beginnings and the contributing factors that allow you to become who you are today. Express a friendly smile towards others and work wonders making this world a happier and better place!