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Sandals Foundation donates $31.5m to 63 Jamaican MPs for COVID-19 response

Sandals Chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart

Chairman of Sandals International, Gordon “Butch” Stewart through the Sandals Foundation has donated $500,000 to each of the 63 Members of Parliament currently serving in the House of Representatives.

The announcement was made in today’s sitting of Parliament by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

“I want to announce that the Sandals Foundation, Mr Gordon “Butch” Stewart is making a contribution to the COVID-19 effort by giving to each Member of Parliament a grant of $500,000,” the prime minister announced to loud applause from those gathered in the House.

The prime minister then spoke how this grant will be handled.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement during Parliament today.

“This grant will be used under the strict rules of the provision of care packages for people in your constituencies.

“The arrangement is that the grant will go to the Consolidated Fund and then it will be channelled to the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), and then it will be paid over to you (Members of Parliament).

“It will be met with all the accountability… as it were public funds and we expect it will be used according to the rules of the CDF,” Holness said.

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