(ZIZ News) — The Saddlers Secondary School has donated more than $2000.00 to assist with a student’s medical expenses.
In September, Shamal Henry, of Form 5O2 was in an accident where a bus rolled and pushed the him against a fence, fracturing his pelvic bone.
He has been out of school ever since and recently travelled to Trinidad on October 12 to seek additional medical attention.
He returned to St. Kitts late October after undergoing a successful surgical procedure on October 14.
Principal of Saddlers Secondary, Ivy Flanders, while presenting the cheque, said that the school pledges to make additional donations to assist the student and his family.
“We have a small token of our appreciation and we are hoping that this is going to help because we know that this cannot fix it. We know that this cannot do it because we know that you have a huge task. You have a bill that you’re going to have to work on but we are going to do our best to continue to help you. We are going to make our small contribution this morning and it really, really gives me pleasure knowing that this was all because of our fifth formers. It tells me that there is love in their hearts”, she stated.
Principal Flanders also explained that the idea of raising funds should be credited to the school’s football team and other fifth form students.
She added that the students used funds from their “Boom-Boom Room” to help their fellow schoolmate.
“When Shamal got into the accident, the fifth formers were the first ones to run to their coach Mr. Caines to ask him for ways for the school to do something for Shamal and I know you got a little bit out of the “Boom Boom room but I know it was all because of Shamal so we were able to get donations very early from that and then the teachers came together to make our little contribution and we are still making it”, Flanders added.
Henry’s mother, Bernadette Henry and other family members accompanied him as he accepted the donation.
She then went on to thank the school for assisting their family and asked that everyone would continue to pray for his speedy recovery.
During the handing over ceremony, students sang and cheered as they welcomed the presence of their injured schoolmate.
The football team welcomed their teammate with a chant and rounds of applause.
A surprise pledge of $200.00 was also announced by a teacher who said her family was more than happy to donate 10% of the cheque’s total amount.
Persons who want to help can take donations to the school in a sealed envelope addressed to his mother, Bernadette henry.
There is also an account where donations can be made at the St. Kitts Nevis Development Bank under the names Bernadette and Thomas Henderson.
For further information, persons can contact the Saddlers Secondary school at 466-5804.