Cricketer Marlon Samuels Donates J$1.5 Million to Jamaica Society for the Blind

Marlon Samuels

Marlon Samuels of the West Indies cricket team has donated J$1.5 million to the Jamaica Society for the Blind through his Marlon Samuels Foundation. The donation will help the organization promote the education, employment and welfare of blind or visually impaired people in Jamaica.  Lola Marson, the executive director of the Society, received the donated funds at a press conference in Kingston. Samuels also presented J$350,000 to Garfield Mitchell, 22, a visually impaired student at Church Teacher’s College, in recognition of his passing seven Caribbean Examinations Council subjects. Mitchell plans to become a teacher, but had difficulty paying his tuition. Marlon Samuels has provided support to the blind community in Jamaica since 2013 when he suffered an eye injury playing in the Australian Big Bash Twenty20 for the Melbourne Renegades. As a result of the injury, he was unable to see for two weeks and could not leave his hotel room. Commenting on the experience and his support for the blind, Samuels said, “It was total darkness, so I can imagine what they are going through for their entire life being like that.”

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