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12-year-old donates birthday cash to Jamaican students

Charity has no age limit. That was clearly manifested when Simon Fazio, a 12-year old American boy decided to donate his time and money to students in Jamaica. This is a heart-warming story, that should inspire a spirit of giving in all of us. From the Jamaica Observer newspaper

Beaches Negril guests, Simon Fazio (second right) and his mom Ann Lapalice (right), took a couple hours from rest and relaxation to read with students at West End Infant School when they visited Jamaica recently.

Twelve-year-old Simon Fazio, who has visited Jamaica and Beaches Negril Resort multiple times with his family, last month decided to do more than just enjoy the island vibe.

“Last year when we were here, I was walking through the lobby and picked up a magazine that was talking about how hard it was for some children here [in Jamaica] to go to school. I was really moved by that,” Simon is quoted as saying in a recent release.

“So when my family asked me what I wanted for my birthday and for Christmas, I thought it would've been good to ask them for contribution towards the kids of Jamaica,” he said.

The release said Simon was relentless in his philanthropic efforts.

He rallied family members and friends and raised CAD$5,000, all of which he has since donated to the Sandals Foundation's Care for Kids Scholarship Initiative.

“This is indeed a kind and selfless act by such a young man and it must be acknowledged, and applauded,” Sandals Foundation Executive Director Heidi Clarke said. “I want to thank young Simon for this donation that will go towards fulfilling the foundation's promise towards education in Jamaica.”

Clarke explained that the Care for Kids Scholarship programme is geared towards improving the educational experience and overall livelihood of children. The programme provides a minimum of US$400 each year for up to five years to students. This helps to cover expenses such as annual medical, tuition, books and uniform costs. In some cases, students are further assisted with transportation and lunch on a daily basis.