Going to school hungry can have a
strong impact on how well a child does in school, and one local company has
decided to do something about it.
Rather than hosting an annual
client drinks reception, staff at Deutsche Bank decided to make the donation of
CI$2,500 to the Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman’s Buy a Kid Breakfast programme.
The funds were presented to Mario
Barrett, President of the Kiwanis Club, and Paul de Freitas, past President and
a life member of the Club, in December by Deutsche Bank staff.
The Buy A Kid A Breakfast programme
provides breakfasts to primary school students who arrive at school without
having been fed breakfast at home and who, as a result, suffer attention
deficit in class or below par maths and science skills.
Over the last three years, funds
have been distributed between a number of schools, including East End Primary,
Bodden Town Primary, Prospect Primary and George Town Primary as well as St
George’s Pre-School. Further schools have also indicated that they would also
like help from the programme.
“Around 10,000 breakfasts have been
given to primary school pupils in the first year of the Buy A Kid Breakfast
programme, which is a fantastic achievement,” said Mr. Barrett.
“By providing a cheque each term,
Kiwanis can ensure that schools have sufficient funds to help these students
while preserving anonymity, which is so important to each child’s well-being.”
He said Kiwanis members work hard
to raise money and the Club relies on direct sponsorship, thanking Deutsche
Bank on behalf of members, schools and students.
“I am delighted that staff at Deutsche Bank in
Cayman have decided to support such a worthwhile cause,” said Janet Hislop,
Chief Country Officer, Deutsche Bank Cayman.
She noted that the work undertaken
by the Kiwanis Club is considerable and their research shows that there is a
real need for action.
“In some cases, for example, the
Club found that funds that would have been used for school libraries or educational
initiatives were being diverted to provide students with breakfast,” she said.
“I hope that this donation helps
the Club to continue its outstanding work and make a real difference in local