Helping hand

Mikey poses with first runner-up (from left) Abeni Carrington, second runner-up Samuel Griffin and winner Donneilia Nicholas at Wesley Hall Juniors.

Two young women are all smiles today after receiving a helping hand from Team Mikey recently.

Wesley Hall’s Donneilia Nicholas and Queen’s College’s Shermona Rodney are the fledgling charity’s very first recipients under their scholarship programme.

After having a successful first round of initiatives during the Crop-Over season this year, Team Mikey has managed to make the lives of a few more persons brighter with its sophomore effort. The scholarships, which are valued at approximately $2,500 each, have provided each of the winners with a set of uniforms, school shoes, a school bag, a netbook computer in the case of Nicholas and a laptop for Rodney. Both girls were the pick of crop at their respective schools after composing essays under the topic Why I deserve a scholarship.

Chairman of the charity, Michael Mikey Mercer, stated that the initiative could not have been made possible without the assistance of Digicel Barbados, Dacosta Mannings Inc. and The Luggage Centre and that this was just the first year of hopefully many more to come. He went on to explain that the charity planned to expand their scope to include other schools and higher levels of education.

“This scholarship programme is something that we would like to do annually. In a perfect world, I would like to present students from Wesley Hall and Queen’s College with scholarships every year but in addition to them, other primary and secondary schools will be chosen as long as we get the necessary support. We also hope to get to the stage where we can offer a full tertiary scholarship,” he said.

After being presented with her package at Queen’s College on November 1, Rodney was almost at a loss for words, stating that although she did not expect to be chosen, she was extremely excited about the win.

At an earlier presentation for Wesley Hall, Acting Principal Herbert Gittens said that he believed the programme was a good one and that he hoped it would create a legacy that would see a bright future for the island.

“It is good when we have our former students coming in and inspiring students to do well in education and as you know education has been the primary tool used by persons in Barbados to uplift themselves, the country and to learn social responsibility. And we hope that this will inspire the students to continue to see the importance of education in their daily lives. The kids were given some good advice by Mikey that I hope they will take to heart and use it to grow into good citizens and make a positive contribution to Barbados and to the rest of the world,” he said.

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