Cayman Academy donated over $9000 to the Cancer and Alzheimer’s Societies through its students’ annual collection drive. In a ceremony on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at the Kings Seventh-day Adventist Church, Victoria Anderson-Gray, Cancer Society Educational Programmes and Volunteer Coordinator and Dorothy Davis, the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association Founder and Chairperson were presented with cheques valued at CI$6000 and CI$ 3575 respectively. Dr O’Neil Duncan, school principal, presented the donations on behalf of the school.
Cayman Academy is committed to winning the battle against Cancer and Alzheimers. Each year students engage parents and community members to collect funds to express their support to the charities. The donation presentation highlights the school’s annual Charities Drive, which coincides with World Cancer Day. Cayman Academy has made annual contributions to the Cancer Society since January 2010, contributing over CI$36,000. Addressing the students at the ceremony, Mrs Gray said, “Even the smallest gift has an impact. The funds will go to providing chemotherapy and radiation treatment for those diagnosed with cancer”. In addition, Ms Davis expressed, “We greatly appreciate the students’ gallant efforts as the money will help provide more caregivers for Alzheimer patients”.
During the ceremony, Cayman Academy’s Charities Organizer, Mrs Sofia Hamilton highlighted special commendations to the top three contributors, Roger Alex Johnson II CI$2000, Thalia McIntosh CI $418 and Isaac Whyte $306. She thanked all the students for their participation and applauded the efforts of the teachers. School Chaplain, Pastor Denton McKogg, offered a prayer for both the charities and individuals affected. The purpose of the collection drive is to create awareness and educate the student population on reducing the risk of cancer and other illnesses through diet and physical activity. The drive also creates an opportunity for students to be involved in their community. After the ceremony students, parents and teachers transitioned to the school field for an aerobics activity conducted by Physiotherapist Philans Ankrah who guided the session to ensure participants did the exercises correctly.
Cayman academy thanks all its students, parents, teachers and community participants for their continued support over the years.
By: Sofia Barrett-Hamilton. Devarro Whittaker l Photo credit: Devarro Whittaker