Corliss is back | Philanthropist brings cheer to children in Top Hill

Whenever Corliss Oscar is in Jamaica, she makes her presence felt positively in her native Top Hill district, located in the Lluidas Vale Division, St Catherine.

She, along with her mother Gwendolyn Daring, hosted a family fun-day at Top Hill Primary and Infant School on Saturday, October 26.

Oscar, who has been living in the United States since she migrated when she was nine years old, said the event was geared towards the entire family – especially children.

“With a happy childhood, you become a happy adult. The foundation; that’s what we believe in,” she told The Beacon, adding: “We always like to do things that are especially focused on the children.”

The family fun-day featured an array of recreational and educational games; there was also music and refreshments for the parents and children who attended.

One child, Laquain Sawyers, who attends Croft’s Hill Primary and Junior High School, told The Beacon: “I like the food, the bounce-about and you taking the pictures.”

Another child, Dontay Edwards, said he felt ‘happy’ especially because music was being played, adding that he too is a big lover of the bounce-about.

Oscar, in the meantime, said she is pleased with the community’s response and is likely to start hosting the event annually.

She, along with other members of her family, usually contributes funds towards projects at Top Hill Primary School. She wanted to do something different this time round.

“My mother and I basically wanted to do something different instead of just making a donation to the school; we wanted it to be something memorable [for the children],” Oscar said.

She also expressed gratitude to the people who assisted with the event – including the staff of Top Hill Primary and Infant School. They, led by Principal Georgette Sewell-Anderson, attended the fun-day.


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