Serving goodness

Akeem Carlson has proven to be a
very special young man.

A grocery bagger at Foster’s Food
Fair in Countryside Village, he earns tips for his services, which he always
delivers with a winning smile says his employer.

On Saturday, 20 February, Akeem saw
that the Kiwanis were collecting for their Buy a Kid a Breakfast programme that
helps primary schools with funds to pay for the breakfast of children sent to
school unfed and with no money to pay for a school breakfast.

Akeem continuously returned to the
Kiwanis collection point to add to the tips he earned from bagging to the
collection box, gaining a new “Have you bought a kid a Breakfast” sticker each

He was the most decorated donor of
the day.

Top management at Foster’s congratulated
Akeem for his great community spirit and generosity.

Fundraising Committee Chairman Paul
de Freitas, for Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman, thanked the Foster’s Group for
once again recognising the importance of the Buy a Kid a Breakfast programme for
the schools and families assisted over the past three years.

Schools receiving assistance
include East End, North Side, Bodden Town, Prospect and George Town Primary, as
well as St. George’s preschool.

“Buy a Kid a Breakfast touches
hearts and minds” noted Mr. de Freitas.

“Akeem demonstrates the same spirit
and generosity so many residents do during our collections each term. Perhaps
his sacrifice is greater since he is contributing so much of his earnings and
his enthusiasm to help those less fortunate is a shining example of the basic
goodness of youth in Cayman.

Mario Barrett, president of the
Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman, added his thanks to all of the supermarkets that
support Kiwanis collections for Buy a kid Breakfast.

“In the current economic climate,
more families are suffering a shortfall in their expectations and this programme
ensures that our primary schools can help these families.”

Mr. Barrett encouraged all members
of the Cayman Islands community to continue to give generously to this important
social programme.

‘We need to bear in mind that
hungry kids don’t learn and that there are ample statistics that show that an
absence of this meal in the morning leads to children who are weak in maths and
the sciences, both of which are almost mandatory for getting the best jobs in
the future.


Young Akeem Carlson poses with Arie Barendrecht, left, and Woody Foster.
Photo: Submitted