Red Bay Primary raises funds for Alzheimer’s group

From left, Samantha Conolly of ADACI, accepts a cheque from Red Bay acting principal Ryan Dale and the school's organiser of the fundraiser, Sofia Hamilton. – Photo: Andrel Harris

The final count is in – Red Bay Primary School students have raised more than $1,000 for the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association of the Cayman Islands in recognition of World Alzheimer’s Day, which was observed last month.

“As a school we believe in training our kids to be compassionate beings, which is part of our school motto,” said acting principal Ryan Dale. “As a part of not only having it on our walls we want to practise what we preach.”

Each student was given a fundraising sheet to take home. Then, with their parents’ help over one week, the children collected $1,016.

“We wanted to bridge the generation gap,” said Sofia Hamilton, who organised the fundraiser at the school. She said it was valuable for the younger generation to “experience the history of our islands through rapport with the older generation”.

She added, “We thought that this would be a good way for them to engender empathy, as research proves that empathy is a way of building cooperative learning and academic success. So, we wanted to empower our students in this way.”

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The money raised will be used to help fund the association’s outreach efforts, which include educational presentations to students about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

“We do presentations with regards to ‘why my grandma or grandpa keeps repeating himself’ in terms of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and we are very, very pleased that the kids understand and are active and raise funds and donations,” said Samantha Conolly, ADACI deputy chair and pharmaceutical adviser.

Conolly said the funds will also go towards helping those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia in the association’s care programme which goes toward expenses not covered by insurance.

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