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Cayman Academy Donates to Local Causes

Cayman Academy Donates to Local Causes


During a special school assembly today (Friday, April 27), Cayman Academy presented two local organisations—the Cancer Society and the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association—with donations from funds collected in a student charity drive.

On hand to receive a check for $4,311.50 was Ms. Tiffany Conolly, administrative assistant at the Cancer Society. Ms. Samantha Conolly, Deputy Chair of the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association, received the donation of $1,132.56 for that organisation.

Ms Samantha Conolly described the generous donation as “heart-warming, especially considering that the funds were all raised by children at the school,” while Ms. Tiffany Conolly thanked the students for helping the Cancer Society to help others, some of whom were children themselves battling cancer.

Cancer Society Operations Manager Jennifer Webber said that last year the Cancer Society assisted a record 300 financial aid patients to the tune of over $400,000. Ms. Webber added that the donation will be used to continue to assist these cancer patients.

Commenting on the school’s charity drive and resulting donation, Cayman Academy’s charities coordinator Sofia Barrett-Hamilton said it was “a privilege to partner with these two agencies in helping to alleviate the financial stress brought to bear on the patients and their family members with Cancer and Alzheimer’s.” 

Eight students were honoured by the school at the morning’s assembly for having collected more than $100 each. Among top collectors were three Year 5 students: Roger Alex Johnson II, who collected $650; Gabrielle Coleman, $432; and Kevario Harding, $149.75. Not surprisingly, Year 5 was ranked as the class with the highest contribution, at $1,247.75.

Dr. O'Neil Duncan, Principal of Cayman Academy, said: “The teachers and I are proud of the stellar performance of the student body, parents, and our church community in soliciting funds for both charities.  It goes to show what kind of impact we can have when we work together.”

Cayman Academy has consistently made substantial annual donations to the Cancer Society. This year, the school broadened its efforts to include the Alzheimer’s Association as part of a general charity drive.