Students from Cayman Academy who raised $2,000 for charity have donated the money to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.
The funds, collected during the school’s Cancer Awareness and Health Week in February, were matched by the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, which runs the school.
Jennifer Weber, operations manager of the Cancer Society, said, “When a school calls us with a donation, it is usually $200 or $300 from a bake sale or a dress down day, so this donation from the Seventh-day Adventist school was quite significant.”
She added that the donation would go directly to the society’s financial aid program for cancer patients.
“We have over 100 patients on financial aid and try to assist them in whatever way we can,” she said. “For some, it is in getting a plane ticket to go overseas for diagnosis or treatment, or for some it is help with rent. We treat each patient as an individual as each life is impacted in a different way.”
During Cayman Academy’s Cancer Awareness and Health Week, classes delivered presentations and mounted displays in the auditorium to bring awareness of the different cancers that affect children and teens. The activities also focused on how proper diet and exercise can reduce the risk of many cancers.
There were two guest presenters: Sashoy Duncan, who spoke at a general assembly about healthy eating habits, and Shannon Seymour of the Wellness Center, who spoke to high school students about autism. Teachers Alicia Castillo-Timothy, Conroy Copeland and Hilreth Morgan and student Nickayla Graham also presented on various topics,
The student who collected the most funds during “Stride against Cancer 2015” was Year 8’s Zade Scott, who raised $165. The poetry competition winners were Neville Henry and Aviella Eugene of Year 9.