A Christmas Treat was held on Saturday, December 16, 2017, for the children and caregivers of the City of Refuge Children’s Home. 56 children and 12 caregivers were treated with gifts, games, food, and fun by the Utech Marketing Seminar.

For the past eight years, the Marketing Seminar group in the School of Business Administration ( SOBA)  has forged a bond with the City of Refuge Children’s Home. Both caregivers and children alike look forward to Utech Marketing Seminar’s Christmas treat. But, the University of Technology, Marketing Seminars involvement with the City of Refuge goes deeper than a one day treat. For years these socially conscious students of the School of Business Administration ( SOBA) have engaged with these wards of the state by having reading days, makeovers, clean up and painting days at the home in Content Gap.

Why The City of Refuge Children’s Home? Trevine Benjamin and Andre Solmon, project team leaders for the 2017 staging of the treat point to the fact that being in Content Gap, The City of Refuge Children’s Home does not get the kind of resources and attention from corporate Jamaica that other homes in the main city Kingston center receive. This is the genesis of what has now become a tradition of giving back to the UTech Marketing Seminar.

Other kind sponsors are

  • Jamaica Producers Group ( JP Foods)
  • World Brand Services
  • Seprod
  • Jamaica Freight & Shipping
  • Nestle/ Maggie
  • Wisynco/True Juice
  • Facey Commodity
  • Trade Management Services
  • Jai International
  • MFG Trust & Finance Limited
  • Caribbean Producers Jamaica ( CPJ)
  • Decasseres Farms
  • MFG Finance
  • Grapevine Marketing

Manager at the City of Refuge Children’s Home Mrs. Sherine Louther in presenting a token of appreciation to the Marketing Seminar and main sponsor Seaboard Jamaica expressed her sincere gratitude for the support over the years.

Each child and caregiver received gifts and with excess donations from the kind sponsors, the City of Refuge left UTech with their bus, literally loaded with goodies. Overwhelmed with emotion at the sheer volume of food, clothes, and gifts loaded in the bus leaving Utech caregiver Mrs. Karen Tyrell remarked, ‘the Marketing Seminar really go hard this year, I feel like we are leaving with a busload of love!’

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