(News Release, Kingston, January 15, 2010): The National Director for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Jamaica, Vernon Derby, says that the Award Authority is coordinating a drive in the schools to collect items for the earthquake victims in Haiti. These items will be sent to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management. The National Director says that collecting and donating items for the Haitians will be an excellent learning activity for our young people – this will teach them the importance of helping others who need their assistance, even when they themselves might be in need. Mr. Derby says that he is asking all school administrations to give this initiative their full support. The collection drive ends on January 29, 2010. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an International character development programme for young people which operate in over 120 countries. The young people are required to learn a skill, participate in recreational activities, give voluntary service to the community, and to go on expedition in unfamiliar territory. The programme caters for young people 14 to 25 years of age who work towards their Bronze, Silver and Gold Medal. Those who are participating at the Gold Level are required to participate in a residential camp. For further information, please contact: Christine Morrell-Lewars/Vernon Derby at, 9299546, 929-9546, 578-4031 eMail: Email: Email: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://jmaward.org ~ ~ ~ ~ Submit your press releases, announcements, event and photos to us at: email@example.com.