Cadets raise funds for 11-year-old girl medical expenses overseas

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 11TH 2014 (CUOPM) – The St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force Cadet Corps has raised just over EC$500 from a cake sale to assist an 11-year-old girl to travel overseas for medical attention.

Public Relations Officer of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, Capt. Kayode Sutton said members of the St. Kitts Nevis Defence Force Cadet Corps (SKNDFCC) and their parents took time out of their usual Saturday family routine to carry out a Cake Sale, organized by the Cadets to raise funds to assist Miss Vernel Thomas in travelling overseas to receive urgently needed medical care.

“Ms. Thomas an eleven (11) year old who lives in Verchilds Village St. Kitts, is in need of medical attention to mitigate a tumor growing on her face. Her family, including her caretaker Sergeant Marcia Flanders, a serving member of the St. Kitts Nevis Defence Force (SKNDF), has appealed to the public for financial assistance to aid Vernel travel overseas where she can receive specialist medical attention. The Cake Sale which started at 0700 hrs (or 7 am) ended a little after midday resulted in a total of five hundred and sixty five dollars and seventy two cents (EC$565.72) being raised,” said Captain Sutton.

He said the SKNDFCC took the initiative to organize the fundraising activities in support of Vernel.

“To this end, significant contributions were made by the cadets and also their parents and guardians to make the Cake Sale a success. Monetary donations were also received from members of the general public who were pleased with the industrious and generous goal of the Cake Sale. These civic minded citizens has requested to remain anonymous,” said Captain Sutton.

He disclosed that as a follow up fund raising activity, a car wash was held by the Tamarind Tree in Greenland close to the Alliance Francais Centre, on Saturday 07 June 2014.

“The Cadets feel pleased with the generosity displayed by the general public in support of the fundraising events and are grateful for the support received from parents, friends and patronage of the public. The funds raised will be subsequently presented to Miss Vernel Thomas’s family with a sincere hope and prayer that she receives the medical attention that she deserves soonest,” said the Defence Force official.


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