Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 16, 2015 (SKNIS): Forty five students alongside their parents received cheques of EC$500 each from Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, in his constituency’s 12th Annual Help a Child Programme on October 15 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Molineux.
Now in its 12th year, the programme has provided assistance for over 330 students to the tune of EC$165,000. Beneficiaries of the programme hail from the Edgar T. Morris Primary School in Tabernacle, the Violet Petty Primary School in Lodge Project, the Estridge Primary School in Mansion’s Village, and the Joshua Obadiah Primary School in Molineux Village.
The ceremony featured presentations from each school as well as persons from Constituency #7. All presenters expressed deep gratitude to Prime Minister Harris for his commitment to the people of the constituency and the federation.
During his feature address, Prime Minister Harris said that he was deeply humbled by the outpouring of praise. He said that he is of the view that education is the best gift that any parent can give to a child and that he feels privileged to be able to be of assistance to the children of the nation.
Prime Minister Harris explained that as a child he too was in need of assistance.
“I remember when I was entering high school, it was a kind friend who lent my mother the money to assist me and I remember when it was time to write examinations at CXC it was another kind friend who lent my mother the money,” Prime Minister Harris said.
Prime Minister Harris also urged teachers to love and care for every child. He impressed upon them the importance of their job. He reminded them that the nation’s greatest resources are placed in their hands.
Thanking the sponsors of the “Help A Child Program”, Prime Minister Harris said that the programme would not have been successful without their kindness.
Prime Minister Harris ended his address by expressing gratitude to the people of Constituency #7 for their tremendous support over the years. He reiterated his commitment to continuing to work with their best interest in his heart. He said that the people of the constituency had never failed him and he promised to never fail them.
The ceremony ended with the presentation of cheques to the students and their parents.