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JM | Sep 15, 2021

Jamaica to vote on Supreme Ventures’ Supreme Heroes

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The Supreme Ventures Foundation, the outreach arm of gaming group Supreme Ventures Limited, is inviting Jamaicans to vote for their favourite community hero as they wrap up the first staging of its acclaimed Supreme Heroes programme.

The programme, which began in 2020, was focused on enhancing small community enterprises that not only generate economic activity in their area, but assist the needy from their own pockets. The public will have until Friday (September 17) to vote for their favourite on the Supreme Ventures Foundation website https://sv-foundation.com/.

Members of Life Yard Restaurant and Eco-Tourism in Parade Gardens Kingston, Corey Jackson (right) and Everton Roberts (left) give details about their community feeding programme launched with a grant from the Supreme Ventures Foundation’s Supreme Hero Programme. Life Yard is one of four participants in the programme that seeks to build capacity in small social enterprises who use their limited resources to do outreach in their community. The participants in the Supreme Heroes programme will receive a grant from the SVF if they are voted as the most effective project by the public and a Supreme Ventures judging panel.

The programme kicked off with four heroes who were nominated by the public: Life Yard Restaurant and Eco-Tourism in Parade Gardens Kingston; New Horizons Christian Outreach in Spanish Town; Miss T’s Hardware run by Elma Thompson in Granville, St James and Miss Jenny’s Cornershop operated by Jennifer Brown in Norwood, St James.

Jamaica will have the chance to review their stories on the SVF social media pages on Instagram and Facebook and cast their vote on the SVF website for the most impactful Supreme Hero who will receive another grant from the Foundation.

For the programme, each Hero developed a community project and received funding and support from the SVF to execute it. They also received several weeks of capacity building training from the Mona Entrepreneurial and Commercialization Centre (MECC) of the Mona School of Business Studies, University of the West Indies. They were provided with laptops to access virtual classes on taxation, copyright, marketing and other critical aspects of business operations

Supreme Ventures Foundation Supreme Hero, Elma Thompson (centre) of Miss T’s Hardware in Glanville, St James gives a thumbs up after presenting the keys to a new home to her selected beneficiary as part of her participation in the programme. Ms Thompson, or Miss T, constructed a one-room house for her neighbour who is a single mother with cognitive challenges. Miss T, who owns and operates a hardware, is known for making and giving away school uniforms to persons in her community who need them. She is one of four SVF Supreme Heroes who are vying for an even larger grant to assist with their social outreach. The programme which began in 2020 will close with public voting on social media and a judging panel of Supreme Ventures executives by Wednesday, September 15.

SVF Director Heather Goldson says the SVF is seeking to choose the best performing project from the inaugural cohort to further award them a grant to pump into their social enterprises.

Jennifer Brown of Miss Jenny’s Cornershop in Norwood, St James presents a household item to the beneficiary of her Supreme Ventures Foundation Supreme Heroes project. Miss Jenny, who operates a small grocery corner shop and does not turn away any of her patrons who are in need, used her grant to construct a sanitary convenience for a disabled neighbour. Miss Jenny is one of four SVF Supreme Heroes who are in the running for a larger grant to continue their work in their respective communities. The programme, launched in 2020, seeks to build the capacity of the small social enterprises so they can continue their outreach.

“All of our heroes have performed phenomenally! As with the entire country they faced very challenging circumstances given the impact of COVID-19 and some even suffered personal setbacks, however they managed to regroup and complete their projects on time, making the best of the training we provided through MECC,” Goldson said.

Principals of the New Horizon Christian Outreach in Spanish Town, Executive Director Michael Barnett and Administrator, Sophia Barnett says the Supreme Ventures Foundation Supreme Heroes programme exposed them to elements of business that immediately enhanced the commercial aspect of their organization. One of four heroes selected by public vote in 2020, New Horizon helps unattached youth learn marketable skills using welding and bamboo. Their project included creating household items from bamboo and the start of a bamboo charcoal business line for the skills centre. The public will have a few days to vote on their most impactful hero online until Wednesday, September 15.

“This is the final stage of the programme and we are excited to see the continuation of the great work being done with this larger grant that one special Hero is going to be awarded. Their communities stand to benefit significantly, and the Supreme Ventures Foundation is very pleased to have been able to make this investment and support these community stalwarts.”

The awarding of the grant will be based on several factors including the impact of their selected project and the heroes’ incorporation of the lessons learned into their enterprises. The public will have one week to vote. Voting closes on Friday.

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