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Usain Bolt, Glen Christian to receive humanitarian awards

Cari-Med Group Chairman Glen Christian and multiple-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt will receive the 2019 International Humanitarian Award in New York this Friday.

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Sprint legend Usain Bolt (Photo: metro.co.uk)

The two Jamaicans will be awarded at the Hummingbird Gala, said the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ), whose board selected the two for their philanthropic work and contribution to Jamaica’s economic development.

“Change does not happen in silos, it requires all of us to raise our hands, roll up our sleeves, and find meaningful collaboration to help those in need,” said AFJ Executive Director Caron S Chung adding, “AFJ is pleased to honour two deserving icons who are affecting and inspiring change.”

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Businessman and philanthropist Glen Christian (Photo: Jamaica Observer)

Bolt, often called one of the greatest athletes of all time, won a total of eight gold medals at the Olympic Games over the course of his sterling career. He is also the world record holder in the 100m and 200m. Through his foundation, Bolt has supported numerous initiatives that cater to well-being of children for the better part of a decade. This includes an annual treat in his hometown of Sherwood Content, Trelawny and support to The Walker’s Place of Safety.

Previous recipients include Kenneth Benjamin, founder of the Guardsman Group and singer and activist Harry Belafonte.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness will deliver the keynote address at the event where Audrey Marks, Jamaica’s ambassador to the United States, will be among the specially invited guests.

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Bolt contributes to the welfare of children through his Usain Bolt Foundation. (cbs.com)

Christian, who started Cari-Med, a pharmaceutical distribution company, just over three decades ago, gives back through his company’s Foundation, with emphasis on community development, education and health.

The American Friends of Jamaica is a non-profit established in 1982 to assist Jamaican charities in the areas of education, healthcare and, human and economic development. An annual fall charity gala was established as the major fundraising event for the organisation. Each spring, the AFJ awards its annual discretionary grants. To date, the organisation has donated approximately J$14 million.