Basseterre, St. Kitts—19th August, 2013–Insurance Company GTM Grenada is one of the latest companies to join the list of official sponsors for the inaugural staging of the Jennifer Joneses Barbados and OECS Health Media Awards. Company Manager Shonette Inniss-Hoyte confirmed this recently, adding that she is elated to be adding her name to such an event.
She said that her company firmly believes that supporting a media event of such magnitude will help to assist with holistic development within the region. She pointed out that the level of reporting bythe media is certainly cause for concern in many areas, hence the reason her company is lending its support.
“While we are an insurance company and we have been supporting a number of sports and educational related initiatives and programmes, we felt that it was pivotally important to jump on this project. There is a lot more that needs to be done within the media thus we have sought to support this event,” Inniss –Hoyte said.
She hopes more media houses will be participate in the awards event in the coming years, which will be held this year at the end of this month.”This should be the event that all media houses and practitioners should seek to determine the level and quality of their work whether it be radio, TV or print so I would like to implore all to ensure that you get involved,” the insurance company manager said.
She gave her company’s assurance they are committing to increase their support in the coming years, as their support this year was limited due to budgetary constraints. “We will certainly make this event one of our priorities next year so that we can give the amount that we honestly believe is needed. Improving the level and quality of media coverage will not be an easy task thus I believe that all corporate companies would need to play their part,” she declared.
She added that all should support the event noting that Grenadians at home and abroad can feel a sense of pride that the first Media Awards being held for the OECS has been named after one of their own in Jennifer Jones. “I believe that all Grenadians should feel a sense of pride and joy that an event of such magnitude is being staged in Grenada and more in particular in memory of one of their own Jennifer Jones,” Inniss-Hoyte declared.
Meanwhile, Executive Director of the Jennifer Jones Foundation Susan Jones-Benjamin expressed thanks and gratitude to GTM Grenada for being one of the contributors to the overall development of society. She said that helping to motivate and reward the media for placing more emphasis on heath reporting augurs well for all as it will result in increased sensitization and education on several heath issues.
“Its competitions like these that will certainly boost the media’s role in covering health issues thus resulting in the public being more informed and educated on health,” she said.
Jones –Benjamin lauded GTM Grenada and indicated that supporting the staging of this competition will help the respective media houses within Barbados and the OECS to showcase their talent. “The support from GTM Grenada is tremendous; we are looking forward for their continued support thus we are hoping that other companies will emulate them in providing the required support and assistance in making this event a success,” Jones-Benjamin said. “We within the Jennifer Jones Foundation are all looking forward to a long and very fruitful relationship with GTM Grenada.