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Boost for William Knibb

St James entrepreneur Angella Whitter donates $500,000 to alma mater's sports department

BY HORACE HINES
Observer West reporter
MARTHA BRAE, Trelawny

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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Entrepreneur Angella Whitter of Whitter Village in Ironshore, St James, on Tuesday presented the sports department of her alma mater, William Knibb Memorial High School, with a cheque valued at $500,000.

The William Knibb alumna disclosed that the donation was triggered by the need to enhance the preparation of the school's athletes, so that they can improve their medal tally at future ISSA Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships.

“I am an old student and, going to Champs over the years, I have recognised that William Knibb, which once was a school that was up there with some of the past students, including Usain Bolt, has not been getting the number of medals that it deserves. So, I sort of looked into it and I said maybe what I need to do is to really get more involved with the school and offer some support to them; not only financial support, but physically coming here and be more involved with my alma mater and get involved with all they are doing, including sports,” Whitter told the Jamaica Observer West after a brief presentation ceremony at the school.

She noted that the donation for the sports department will be one of many such that she will be making to her old school.

“This (donation) will not be a one-off. I told the principal that I am committed to working with the school as much as I can with the resources that I have in order to help the school do a number of things that she (the principal) discussed with me. So. I am here to assist,” Whitter stressed.

Melville Weller, head of the sports department at William Knibb, was very grateful for the funding and cited that it would provide a fillip to prepare a team for the Penn Relays next year.

“It's a great movement. This can only help to motivate the students because oftentimes they are demotivated.

“So, for a past student to come on board and support the programme in such a tremendous way, it is really something to look forward to,” Weller stated.

“We hope to use this money to help the programme to grow. We haven't been to the Penn Relays for a number of years and we are looking forward to participate in the Penn Relays come next year.”

Whitter, who noted that Tuesday's visit to the school elicited nostalgic feelings, also gave an undisclosed amount of cash to other students who epitomised the deportment she was accustomed to while she was a student at the Trelawny high school.

“When I walked into the school and I observed the boys and the girls, I recounted that when I was coming to school here, neatness and punctuality were certain things that you had to adopt when you came through the gates of the school. But I noticed a boy that walked onto the school compound; he had his pants down to his bottom and I said no and instead of being quiet and pointing him out, I did a broad-brush approach to encourage comportment,” she explained.

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