St. Matthew’s University students
and employees recently presented a cheque to the Red Cross for over $3,300 to
go towards Haiti relief efforts.
The funds were raised through a
series of social events held by students at the medical and veterinary school,
which offers accredited programmes leading to MD or DVM degrees and practice in
the United States, the United Kingdom or locally.
“Without support and the
community pulling together in this way and being able to come up with creative
ways of raising funds we as a country would not have been able to support our neighbour
Haiti,” said Cayman Islands Red Cross Disaster Manger Hemant Balgobin,.
“Although these funds have been
channelled through the Red Cross, it is indeed a community effort and will be
sent to support Haiti as that of the Cayman Islands and its people.”
The Dean of Basic Sciences Dr.
Senthil Kumar added: “this is an excellent response from our student body
considering the recent tough times with finances and I applaud the efforts of
our students,” a sentiment echoed by the Student Government.
“We as a student body felt
compelled to help those who have suffered unimaginable plight and difficulty
and wanted to do our part,” said the president of the St. Matthew’s Student Government Association.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with
those that were afflicted by this terrible disaster and we as a student body
will continue to be ready to serve.”
Matthew’s University has been operating in Grand Cayman since 2001.