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EC$284,000 Raised at UWI Global Giving Week Launch in Antigua and Barbuda

For Release Upon Receipt - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Global Giving Week campaign launched by the University of The West Indies (The UWI) has been steadily gaining momentum with awareness events across the region. The most recent was hosted by the University’s Open Campus site in Antigua and Barbuda on July 12, 2016, under the distinguished patronage of the island’s Governor General, His Excellency, Sir Rodney Williams. A total of EC$284,000 was raised at the event.

UWI Global Giving Week, (carded for August 1-7, 2016) is a fundraising model aimed at increasing The UWI’s drive for self-sufficiency under the theme Emancipate. Educate. Donate. This inaugural year marks the beginning of what is hoped will become an annual tradition. The objective is to cultivate support and engage alumni to give back to their alma mater and also encourage other supporters of The UWI to give generously to enable the institution to continue to play an integral role in regional development through education and research.

In attendance at the Antigua and Barbuda launch was the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The UWI Open Campus, Dr Luz Longsworth who addressed the nearly one hundred guests, appealing to them to give generously. Similar messages were also delivered by UWI Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles by video. UWI alumnus and area patron for the campaign, His Excellency, Sir Rodney Williams, initiated the official contributions on the evening, with a personal donation of EC$2,700. This was followed by donations of EC$2,700 and EC$5,000 from The UWI Open Campus Guild of Students and The UWI Alumni – Antigua and Barbuda Chapter respectively.

The top donation, a medical scholarship valued at EC$270,000.00 was presented to Dr Luz Longsworth by Ms Catherine Macdonald, a representative of EduFi MD. In her remarks, Mrs. Macdonald expressed her delight, on behalf of EduFi MD, to answer the call to support The UWI with the establishment of the Sir Rodney Williams Scholarship in Medicine. Each year, the scholarship will enable a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda to undertake the study of medicine at the University’s Mona Campus in Jamaica. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence combined with proven community leadership skills, and an expressed commitment from the recipient to return to Antigua and Barbuda after internship to practice medicine.

Global Giving Week has already been launched at The UWI’s campuses in Mona, Jamaica, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Cave Hill, Barbados, and the Open Campus sites in Belize and Saint Lucia. Launches across other Open Campus sites will continue garnering support leading up to August 1.


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