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Vincent HoSang Family Foundation donates US$10,000 to The UWI’s Hurricane Relief Effort

For Release Upon Receipt - November 3, 2017


The Vincent HoSang Family Foundation has donated US$10,000 to the fundraising efforts spearheaded by The University of the West Indies (The UWI) to support Caribbean islands affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria.  The donation was made through the University’s newly established, Caribbean Emergency Management Association (CEMA). CEMA is a joint fundraising organisation between The UWI and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

Presenting the cheque at The UWI Mona Western Jamaica Campus (The UWI/WJC) in Montego Bay, Jamaica-born, Dr. Vincent HoSang, who is a leading producer of Jamaican-styled patties in North America and Chairman of the US-based Foundation, said he was “Saddened at the devastation wreaked by the hurricanes and the suffering of our Caribbean brothers and sisters.  I hope this donation will help to put them on the path to recovery.”

A well-known business leader and philanthropist, Dr. HoSang holds the national honour, the Order of Jamaica conferred by the Government of Jamaica and an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from The UWI.

Dr. Luz Longsworth, Principal of The UWI Open Campus who is coordinating the hurricane relief efforts on behalf of The UWI said, “We are elated to receive the donation from Dr. HoSang as there is a lot of work to be done to rehabilitate the islands destroyed by Irma and Maria.  We are seeing the devastation first-hand as our UWI teams work with the officials in islands like Dominica and Barbuda where our Open Campus family and others have been hard-hit.  The UWI is mobilising resources from alumni, philanthropic individuals and companies in the Caribbean and internationally to help finance relief efforts.”

Dr. Longsworth lauded the generosity of Dr. HoSang, a longstanding major donor to a number of The UWI’s programmes including the Mona School of Business & Management project for Entrepreneurship and full tuition scholarships offered through the American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI), for needy students pursuing their first degrees at the University. 


Photo caption

Dr. Vincent HoSang (2nd right), Chairman of the Vincent HoSang Family Foundation and Chairman/President, Caribbean Food Delights, presents Patrick Prendergast (2nd left), Director, The University of the West Indies, Mona Western Jamaica Campus (UWI/WJC) with a cheque for US$10,000 towards The UWI’s Hurricanes Irma and Maria Caribbean relief efforts.  Sharing in the moment are Sandra Stubbs (left), Senior Librarian, The UWI/WJC Branch Library and Trevor Tomlinson (right), Former President, Cornwall College Old Boys Association.


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in BarbadosJamaicaTrinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)