A childrens' charity that many Drumhellians have supported for more than a decade has been nationally recognized.
Valerie Nelson, the Roatan director for the Morgan Jayne Project, is off to Ottawa next month to receive the Meritorious Service Award from Governor General David Johnston. The ceremony is scheduled for June 28 at Rideau Hall.
Fred Makowecki brought the plight of children of AIDS victiims on the Honduran island to the local public and named the effort after his late daughter.
"I hope the people that have (donated) for the last 11 years and longer are able to see that message and be proud of being a part of it and that people who look at it will say wow," he told 99.5 Drum FM.
"With the economy, raising funds for (infant) formula and for school is increasingly hard and I would imagine charities everywhere: local, international and NGO's, are having the same thing," he speculated. "The first step in making a difference in the world is actually moving forward and doing something."
The Morgan Jayne Project was started as a way for people to purchase infant formula so that AIDS stricken mothers in Roatan don't pass along the virus with their breast milk. It has since expanded to include the Charmont Academy school, named after Chris and John Charmont of the valley, who were killed in a resort explosion in Mexico in 2010.
"We know we're not in the age where we get big corporate donations and stuff, but somehow we struggle on," stated Makowecki. "We will continue to make a difference, it's just harder every day to do that."
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