The following is a message from alum Kirk Benjamin - President, WOBA
Greetings Wolmerians and friends of Wolmers,
The fundraising campaign to assist needy past students has started in earnest. Already we have had donations of $35,000 to help Wolmerian medical student Malcolm Binns, who needs $331,000 by September 30 to pay outstanding tuition at UWI, to prevent being removed from the medical school. Wolmerian Douglas Orane has agreed to anchor Malcolm's campaign by matching donations by others, dollar for dollar, up to $165,500 (that's half the amount needed).
Please donate NOW so that your funds can be matched dollar for dollar by Douglas. Please pay by cash/cheque/ credit card to Wolmer’s Boys’ School, and inform the bursar Mr Eaton Facey that the funds are for Malcolm Binns.
Please see below in italics a summary of Malcolm’s courageous journey through life in his own words. It should make every one of us proud, when we reflect on his grit and determination.
I am now requesting two other alumni volunteers step forward to anchor the raising of funds urgently required for two other needy students, and other volunteers for the funding of a general scholarship fund for the future.
Colleagues, I've increased my mailbox capacity since my last email to you, as I expect to get a flood of responses to lead this initiative. Remember we are Wolmerians so we don't replicate, we Revolutionize. Let's work together to Revolutionize how funding of needy brilliant students can be done to benefit our country.
Age Quod Agis,
President - Wolmers Old Boys Association
September 20, 2016
My name is Malcolm Binns. I am currently a medical student entering second year of the M.B.,B.S programme at the University of the West Indies. My educational journey began in 1998 at the Mona Commons Basic School, continuing on to Mona Heights Primary School. My high school years were spent at Wolmer's Trust High School for Boys where I also completed both years of sixth form.
I finished basic school as champion boy, setting the stage for future academic achievements. At the end of primary school, I was successful in obtaining an average of 94% in the GSAT exams which ultimately led to my placement at Wolmer's. During the time spent at Wolmer's, I was a frequent awardee of the blue report award. My focus never wavered when I sat my CSEC and CAPE exams, allowing me to gain entrance to UWI to study medicine.
In addition to academics at Wolmer’s, I held positions such as prefect and environmental monitor. I was also an avid member of clubs such as the Science Club, Chess Club and Interact Club, the latter in which I held the position of sergeant at arms. I was also a member of the track team of 2011/2012.
I acquired all A's from my first semester of medical school. Currently, I cannot access my second semester grades as I owe $331,000 in tuition for that period. However, I am quite confident that I did just as well or better than the first.
At age seven, I lost my father to gun violence. During my time at primary school Mr. Neils-Peter Blake, a JC Old Boy, took an interest in me due to a combination of my family situation as well as my consistently outstanding academic progress. For as long as I can remember, he has held the position of mentor, friend, source of support and teacher of life skills.
In 2010 when there was another upsurge of violence in Mona Commons where I was living, which is opposite the entrance gate to the UWI Hospital, my uncle was killed in gang violence. Mr. Blake assisted in moving me, my mother and my sister far from the area. For my first year at UWI, Mr. Blake provided me with a room free of cost in Mona Heights. He has extended the same privilege to me this year.
I am humbly asking for your donation towards paying the $331,000 that I owe for first year, so that I can continue my studies. I need to have this paid by Sept 30, failing which I will not be allowed to attend any further classes. I dearly wish to make our Wolmer’s proud by serving my country as a doctor.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this request for help.
Age Quod Agis
Wolmerian Malcolm Binns