by Verna Owen
June 25, 2012
Dear Ambassador Gala
Many persons in the world are looking for a way to better themselves, their families and to some extent their friends. Many will seek but few will find. And even fewer will find just what they were looking for.
Thanks to the government of Cuba, our sons and daughters are now among the very few who have sought and found exactly what they wanted. They, despite their humble beginnings, will be able to realize their dreams of becoming a medical doctor. And in so doing, to go beyond the title of “Doctor”, to serve the people of our country in the capacity in which they are trained.
Through God’s blessing, we, the parents of the five recipients, are able to witness how far Cuba’s caring arms are spread throughout the world as they have touched our children granting them this prestigious award of a medical scholarship. Their dreams are now becoming a reality, and we the parents, would like to say a hearty thank you. And as we say thanks, we are reminded of that wonderful speech by one of our daughters, Dellie-Ann, when she said that just saying ‘thank you’ isn’t enough to express how great a reward this is. We, however, hope that you may feel the gratitude we feel through these brief words: Thank you Ambassador Gala and thank you the people of the Free Republic of Cuba.
We realize that you, Ambassador Gala, and your Cuban countrymen, seek to better not just yourselves but the world at large. You have armies of doctors all over the world and only recently played a critical role in helping the Haitians after the devastating earthquake in that country. We pledge, on behalf of our sons and daughters, that we shall never lose sight of our duty to help the poor, as we have been helped.
To the government of Jamaica, we also say a great ‘thank you’ for continuing this programme and to the former Prime Minister of Jamaica, the late Mr. Michael Manley, who initiated this programme when it was unpopular to do so, we are eternally grateful.
On behalf of the five proud parents of the five special youngsters again I say thank you Mr. Ambassador.
Verna Owen, on behalf of the parents
Photos: Proud parents, relatives, friends and awardees with the Ambassador
June 27 2012