New Building for New Forest Infant School

28 Dec, 2018


The New Forest Infant School was established in 1948 and has been catering to students from Alligator Pond, Comma Pen, New Forest and surrounding communities.


The New Forest Infant School located in New Forest Manchester, has been transformed into a model school with the addition of a four-classroom block, staff room, kitchen and sick bay and the renovation of the existing structure. CHASE provided a grant of $43M.  The Minister of Education, Sen. the Hon. Ruel Reid, participated in the opening on November 29, 2018.  Billy Heaven, CHASE CEO, in his address to an audience made up of parents, teachers and members of the New Forest and other communities, noted that very high proportion of learning takes place from birth to age six.   Students, he said, “are at a crucial stage of life in terms of their physical, intellectual, emotional, social and creative development and must be provided with positive learning experiences.”



New Cancer Centre – St. Joseph’s Hospital

27 Dec, 2018

Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (3rd right) admires the new linear accelerator machine as Head Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Praveen Sharma explains its operation.

Listening in were (l to r) Merle Donaldson, CHASE Director and Chair of the CHASE Health Committee, Member of Parliament for S.E. St. Andrew, Julian Robinson; NHF CEO, Everton Anderson; CHASE CEO, Billy Heaven; TEF Chairman, Dr. Carey Wallace (partially hidden); and Maureen Golding, Regional Director, SERHA.

The National Cancer Treatment Centre was opened on November 26, 2018 at the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kingston and houses the linear accelerator which administers radiation therapy and is designed to treat lung, breast, prostate, head, neck, skin and other types of cancer with speed and accuracy.  The Centre at St. Joseph’s Hospital and another established at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in 2017, cost US$16- million, of which the NHF contributed US$10-million, CHASE Fund US$5-million and TEF US$1-million.


Edward Douglas Early Childhood Development Centre

12 Nov, 2018

Sen the Hon. Ruel Reid, Minister of Education, Youth and Culture (centre), cuts the ribbon to open the newly constructed Edward Douglas Early Childhood Development Centre located in Douglas Castle, St. Ann on October 31, 2018.  Sharing in the opening were the Member of Parliament for St. Ann South Western Hon. Zavia Mayne,  the CEO of the HASE Fund, W. Billy Heaven and students of the Edward Douglas Early Childhood Development Centre.  The CHASE Fund financed the renovation of an existing building and built three new classrooms along with a bathroom, sickbay and staff room at a cost of $42.7M.

New X-Ray Unit for Port Antonio Hospital


CHASE Fund Public Relations and Administrative Manager Hilary Coulton (right), cuts the ribbon to the new X-Ray Department at the Port Antonio Hospital with Dr. Stephanie Reid, Advisor to the Minister of Health.  The new X-Ray Department was officially opened on October 19, 2018 and included the handover of a state-of-the-art X-Ray machine by the CHASE Fund.  The new machine, acquired at a accost of $25 million, replaced a 30-year old machine and included an electrical upgrade in power supply.  Looking on is Hugh Perry, Chairman of the Board of Management, Port Antonio Hospital.


11 Jul, 2018

Guests of the CHASE Fund were treated to a special musical performance in celebration of the Fund’s 15th anniversary at the University Chapel on July 1, 2018.

The event featured the Nexus Performing Arts Company, the Kingston College Chapel Choir, soprano, Danielle Watson, the Jamaica Youth Chorale, the Lightening Drummers, the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica and Northern Caribbean University music majors.

The Lightening Drummers opened the show with Arrive arranged by their teacher, Karen Davis. The young drummers, whose members are students of Ardenne Preparatory, received financial support from CHASE back in 2016 to compete in the World Championship of the performing Arts in Hollywood California where they excelled. The confident performance of the young drummers set the stage for an evening of great music.

The National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ), followed with performances of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Preludio de Te Dium and the Klaus Badlet composed Pirates of the Caribbean.  The pieces were beautifully performed by the orchestra which is the result of a dynamic after-school music program that has been empowering youth through classical music training.

The evergreen Nexus Performing Arts Company rolled out the old favourites including the Negro spiritual, Steal Away arranged by the Company’s artistic director, Hugh Douse and Glorious Is Thy Name by Mozart.     

The Kingston College Chapel Choir, which is celebrating its 71st anniversary followed with a stirring mix including Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel.  The choir, under the direction of conductor, Audley Davidson, also performed Praise His Holy Name by Keith Hampton and The Prayer.

The Jamaica Youth Chorale performed Noel Dexter’s arrangement of Psalm 24. 

They followed up with Cyaa Ketch Mi Again by Andrew Marshall and ultimately surprised with a choral arrangement of Buju Banton’s, Til Shiloh, to the delight of the audience.

Danielle Watson, accompanied by Dr. Kaestner Robertson, showed off her vocal range with Quando m’en vo from La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini.  Watson’s bold and impassioned performance of Ah! Je veux vivre from Roméo and Juliette, was also well received by the audience.

The audience also got to hear from Northern Caribbean University students Oren Thomas, piano, Sashekia Brown, soprano, Danielle Brown, mezzo-soprano and baritone, Calynton Blake, whose rendition of I Bought Me a Cat by Aaron Copeland, delighted the audience.

The CHASE Fund 15th Anniversary Combined Choir made up of the participatings choirs, was the highlight of the evening. The choir, coordinated by Noel Dexter, conducted by Gregory Simms and accompanied by Cathy Brown on piano and Dr. Kaestner Robertson on organ, produced an exhilarating listening experience with This is My Land by Robert Lightbourne and William Steffe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic…creating a perfect end to the evening of performances.

 In its 15 years of operation, CHASE has funded 3,725 projects totaling $17.0B with $4.3B to Education, $3.7B to Health, $2.7B to Arts and Culture; and $6.3B to Sports via a pass through to the Sports Development Foundation.

The Chairman of the CHASE Fund, Philip Henriques, noted in his message, that the Fund had supported many beneficial interventions that had varying but significant impact on the communities in which they were located and on the lives of beneficiaries.

He highlighted CHASE’s support for music education under its Arts and Culture portfolio.  In addition to building and equipping music rooms in schools across the island, the Fund offers scholarships to individuals and groups to further their study music and the performing arts.

Mr. Henriques thanked the many partners, associates and friends who had worked with CHASE to make a difference.

CHASE Hands Over Laparoscopic Machines for May Pen and Mandeville Regional Hospitals

05 Jul, 2018

The CHASE Fund handed over Laparoscopic Towers to both the Mandeville Regional and May Pen Hospitals on June 19, 2018.  The handover took place at the May Pen Hospital.  CHASE provided funding in the amount of $25.3M for the procurement of the laparoscopic towers and instruments.  Laparoscopy is often used to identify and diagnose the source of pelvic or abdominal pain. It’s usually performed when noninvasive methods are unable to help with diagnosis.  Dr. Ashok Kotagiri Kumar, Medical Officer, Mandeville Regional Hospital (left), demonstrates the laparoscopy machine to St. Andrade Sinclair, CEO, May Pen Hospital (centre), and W. Billy Heaven, CEO CHASE Fund.


CHASE Supports Your View Awards

29 Mar, 2018

CHASE Director, Ian Levy (right) poses with Sly Dunbar and YVA originator, Karen Clarke.    Director levy had earlier presented Dunbar with the Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing him and his “TAXI” producing partner Robbie Shakespeare, for their contribution to the music industry at the Your View Awards held on February 24, 2018 at the Indoor Sports Centre.


Drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare teamed up in 1975 and have been the driving rhythm behind innumerable songs.  They changed the face of reggae music with the introduction of a harder beat called “Rockers” which quickly replaced the then-prevalent “One Drop” style.


They were also important in developing the trend towards computer-assisted music in the nmid-1980s.  After 43 years together, they still tour and record relentlessly.


CHASE Fund Continues Support for Reggae Month


The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association honoured Reggae pioneers at the JaRIA Honour Awards held on February 25 at the Courtleigh Auditorium.  The JaRIA awards are held annually to celebrate the contribution of some of Jamaica’s most outstanding music professionals, past and present.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon Olivia “Babsy” Grange, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to the music industry.  The award was presented by CHASE Director, Novlette Howell.

The CHASE Fund committed $3 million to support the mounting of the 10th renewal of “Reggae Month” in February.  Contribution to Reggae Month falls under the Fund’s Arts and Culture portfolio.

Chief Executive Officer of the CHASE Fund, W. Billy Heaven, said that JaRIA continues to provide a stage not just for quality entertainment but also the opportunity to learn more about reggae music and the industry.  “I thank JaRIA for encouraging serious dialogue on maximizing the potential of the industry at its Music Symposium, but most importantly I thank them for broadening the participation of Jamaicans by continuing to make many of these activities free to the public,” he said.

The Reggae Month enterprise has been strengthened with the assistance of funding from the CHASE Fund in the sum of approximately $30 million over nine years with special consideration given to the Reggae Industry Honour Awards.


Collie Smith Statue Unveiled at Boys’ Town


A bronze statue of well-known cricketer O’Neil Gordon “Collie” Smith was unveiled in an official ceremony at Boys’ Town, Trench Town on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

The statue was commissioned by Boys’ Town and finance by the CHASE Fund at a cost of $8.1 million.  The statue was sculpted by renowned Jamaican artist, Kay Sullivan.

Smith, an outstanding cricketer represented Boys’ Town, Kingston College, Jamaica, West Indies and Burnley Cricket Club in England, a short but inspirational career. He died at age 26 in a car accident in England in 1959.  His friend and West Indies teammate, Sir Garfield Sobers, in his recorded his message sent his commendations and quipped that he believed his career was made better because he played his game for both himself and Collie.



National Cancer Treatment Centre

20 Feb, 2018

The CHASE Fund collaborated with the National Health Fund and the Tourism Enhancement Fund to establish a National Cancer Treatment Centre at the Cornwall Regional Hospital. The Centre, which was officially opened on November 24, 2017, houses the linear accelerator machine (pictured), which delivers high-energy radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells.