From June 6-10 the YMCA is hosting a week of special events in celebration of their 95th anniversary. 95 years of delivering much needed support to communities throughout Kingston and Jamaica – inspiring, isn’t it?!

In addition to a forum on volunteerism, swimming and taekwondo demonstrations, and an open house showcasing local and regional social service organizations, we will be having a swimathon to raise funds in support of the Y. I’ll be taking part and would be grateful for any contribution you may want to share.

We don’t have an international donation system set up yet, but if you’d like to make a contribution, feel free to reach out by e-mail, on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section of the blog and we can figure out a way for you to donate that you are comfortable with. You can donate a lump sum, or pledge an amount for each lap I swim. We accept donations as small as JM$100, which works out to about one dollar Canadian.

I feel I should warn you that I have been training with the Kingston Tornadoes, a Masters swim team, and have been swimming between 1500m-2000m twice a week for several weeks now. So budget accordingly all you generous contributors, and thank you in advance for all your support!

Since 1920, the Kingston YMCA has been developing and strengthening the mind, body and spirit of young people in Jamaica.

The ‘Y’ is more than an association for young men. It offers activities for men and women of all ages – religious fellowship meetings, lectures, drama, evening school, badminton, taekwondo, summer camp, special needs programmes for adults with disabilities, leadership training programme, the Youth Development Programme (YDP, formerly the Street Corner Boys’ Programme), counselling and other activities. These programs and services directly benefit the well-being of the greater Kingston community.

The Kingston YMCA is a self-sustaining non-governmental organization (NGO) and depends on the income generated from our programs to maintain operations. We manage our finances carefully, but our annual budget of $20M isn’t enough to cover all the expenses incurred from delivering programmes at prices that are affordable to the communities we serve.

No one is turned away from the YMCA if they are unable to pay.

Your gift, no matter how big or small, will ensure that the Kingston YMCA can continue to deliver meaningful and necessary activities and programs to communities throughout Kingston and Jamaica.