The children at SOS Children’s Village in Barrett Town, St James now have another reason to play outside.
Just recently, they received a new playground donated by United States (US)-based Campus Crest Communities, Inc. The company was co-founded by Ted W. Rollins, son of the late American businessman and entrepreneur John W. Rollins. John, together with Dr Harland Hastings, Johnny Cash and Professor Heinz Simonitsch, founded SOS Children’s Villages Jamaica in 1970.
A leading owner and operator of student housing properties located across the US, Campus Crest shares a historical link with SOS Children’s Villages Jamaica. Ted Rollins, who serves as Campus Crest’s CEO, always admired his father’s philanthropic endeavors and passion for helping the underprivileged children of Jamaica. Having spent a great deal of his childhood on the island, he witnessed first-hand the positive impact SOS Children’s Villages had on the community. With the passing of his father, Rollins vowed to carry on his legacy by supporting the organization through volunteerism and charitable contributions.
Recently, Rollins arrived in Jamaica to give back to the village that helped shape his future and that of so many other youths. He was joined by his brother Michael, niece Catherine, 11 of his Campus Crest colleagues, and Andrew Johnson, from the nursery at Rose Hall Developments.
Rollins worked side-by-side with SOS Villagers to construct a new 3,200-square foot playground. A few hours, some teamwork and 2,500 bags of rubber mulch later, the sound of clanging hammers and wrenches was replaced by children’s laughter as the playground was complete.
Corporate generosity is not new to Campus Crest. The company also provides housing to Horatio Alger scholars who chose to attend universities where Campus Crest operates student housing communities. The Horatio Alger Association, another worthwhile cause championed by Ted and The Rollins Family, is an organization devoted to honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals who have succeeded in spite of adversity.
Several of SOS Village children have been recognized as Horatio Alger scholars, including Suny Maritime Engineer Markham Laird and Biochemist Dr Steven Bahado-Singh.