UWI Toronto gala reaches 10-year landmark
April 8, 2019
It started with a meeting 11 years ago at the University of the West Indies Mona campus in Jamaica.
Desperately in need of funds to help Caribbean students pursue higher education, the late Raymond Chang and his wife Donette Chin-Loy Chang agreed to be patrons of a major fundraiser in Toronto on one condition. Close friend and medical practitioner Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong had to be the event chair.
This year marked the 10th anniversary of the signature event that has raised about $2 million that has allowed nearly 500 Caribbean students – many of them the first in their family — to pursue post-secondary education and fulfill their dream of graduating from university and becoming assets to their countries.
With the generous support of lead sponsor Scotiabank, other companies and individuals, the lives of hundreds of young people have been transformed in the last decade.
Also, 76 phenomenal leaders from around the world have been honoured at the event attended by about 4,500 guests since 2010.