Two time Olympic 100 metres finalist and World Championship gold medalist Jamaican Aleen Bailey made a personal donation of $100,000 to RISE Life Management Services to continue their social intervention programmes.
Bailey who won the coveted 2010 Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence valued at $500,000 said that, “My first decision was to help RISE Life Management Services after winning the award,” due to the significance of their work which is near and dear to her heart. In the future she plans to set up training and possibly a residential facility for young Jamaicans to help them fulfill their unrealised dreams when she retires from track and field.
Beginning October, RISE Life celebrates 20 years of service as a non-governmental organisation providing interventions to six inner-city communities. “And we have not forgotten our roots,” stated the Executive Director, Sonita Morin-Abrahams. RISE Life Management Services formerly the Addiction Alert continues to offer counselling services in the area of addictive disorders.
Sonita Morin-Abrahams underscored the importance of community service as a means of transforming lives and shaping social outcomes. “Aleen Bailey’s generosity marks a significant contribution to RISE Life’s commitment to this vision,” she added. RISE Life Management Services is truly grateful for this timely contribution as it will assist the organization to upgrade a child friendly and parenting place; a facility located on RISE Life’s property on East Street in Kingston.
Earlier in September, the star athlete was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the University of South Carolina. Aleen Bailey is currently training in Florida with Coach Lance Brauman and intends to represent Jamaica at the World Championships in 2011.