Past students aim to give Godfrey Stewart new bathrooms
Three Godfrey Stewart High School past students have set out to raise US$5,000 (approximately J$635,000) to construct two washrooms for students at the Savanna-la-Mar-based institution.
The fundraiser is scheduled to take place in Westmount Event Centre in Toronto this Saturday, February 24. It will feature Richie Stephens and Cardavid Collin Levy.
Lena Johnson of Toronto, Canada, and two others from New York visited their alma mater Godfrey Stewart High School last August and were devastated.
"It was heartbreaking to see the condition facing students at the school that I have loved and adored so much," Johnson said.
"The bathrooms were, for the most part, unusable, the roof was falling apart, some pipes did not work, and the toilets needed to be replaced. The two bathrooms were literally crumbling around the students, and the situation continues to get worse. I came back to Canada with one mission, which is to find a way to help," she said.
Within weeks after returning to Toronto, Johnson called up a few of her friends and they quickly registered the Godfrey Stewart High School Alumni Association International Canada with the Alliance Jamaica Alumni Association Canada.
Richie Stephens says Godfrey Stewart is a great institution that is in need of help.
"When Lena reached out to me, I told her I am willing to do what I can to assist the institution," Stephens said.
Attempts to contact the school's administrators proved futile up to press time yesterday.