Reprinted from Jamaica Observer
Coordinator of the Kingston College Old Boys’ Association, (Florida Chapter), Audley Hewett, told a news conference at the school that the full renovation of the pavilion, which was budgeted to cost $7 million, had been fully funded, with one Old Boy donating the bulk of the cost.
"We got Byron Batchelor, an Old Boy who is living in Florida, to give us US$50,000 one time," Hewett said.
"The pavilion will be rebuilt and completed by mid-June and all the money to refurbish the pavilion has been raised. We are not borrowing it and then you hear people like Finsac coming in. It is money already raised. Old boys will be doing big things for the school," Hewett said.
The renovation comes at a time when KC is busy preparing for the Boys and Girls Athletic Championship, as well as the start of the next schoolboy football season. The pavilion houses a weight room, a storage area for sports equipment, and the sports master's office, among other sections.
"That pavilion is where champions are made," said Hamlin Pagon, a former KC and Jamaica basketballer who is now a track & field coach at the school.
"Over the years it has run down and we need to restore it to its full capability and put more work into the boys so that we can build more champions. We are grateful. It is long overdue and we will put the new building to greater use. Let us put our house in order and once our house is back in order, even better things can come from it," Pagon said.
Hewett also launched a coin drive to raise a further $2 million to maintain the pavilion. The coin drive will be led by present students, who will be asked to contribute a minimum of $20 each. There are over 1,850 students at the 86-year-old all-boys institution, which also has another campus on Elletson Road in the capital.
School board chairman Professor Stephen Vasciannie, as well as Dr. Ray Fraser, president of the KC Old Boys Association (Jamaica Chapter) outlined several other developments that the school intends to undertake in the short and long term.
Source: 17th March 2011 Internet Edition of Jamaica Observer
Photo Taken By Lionel Rookwood
Minor Editing By Winston L. Stewart