Michael A Folkes launches the Foundation's first initiative - April 14th 2014
"First of all, I want to tell the Melbourne and Michael Folkes Foundation thanks for everything they have done. It means to me that I am going to be a good person and be respectful to everyone around me. It also encourages me to be a hardworking, caring and honest person. I will excel in my school work, my relationship with God and allow my true potential to shine. I believe in myself that anything is possible. I will be respectful to my mother and father so that my days can be long on this earth."
"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