Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 3, 2020 (ZIZ News): The University of the West Indies has launched a new crowdfunding campaign aimed at assisting students financially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dubbed the UWI 2020 Global Giving Initiative the campaign encourages persons to give small contributions to the University through online donations.
A ceremony was held on Saturday at Government House to launch the initiative and present the 2020 Pelican Award.
Delivering brief remarks, President of the St. Kitts Nevis Alumni Association Craig Tuckett said under the impact of Covid-19 assistance for the students has become more important than before.
“It is in times like these that we all need, especially the alumni globally, to show our charity, Charity not so much to our alma mater alone but through our alma mater, giving and assisting the present student body to complete their studies and to also begin new studies during these extreme trying financial times, for to whom much is given, much is expected.”
Reflecting on the UWI’s performance history over the years Chancellor Robert Bermudez underscored the importance of alumni giving back to continue the university’s legacy of contribution to development around the world.
During the ceremony National Hero Sir Kennedy Simmonds presented the 2020 Pelican award to Miss Lorna Callendar for her contribution to education, journalism, public service and community and gender affairs.
Persons can donate online to the UWI Global Giving campaign at www.uwi.edu/giving.