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UPDATE: Health Authority receives payment for Kaidija Martin

Kaidija (centre) presents the cheque to Mrs Carty-Baptiste while Principal Flax-Headley looks on at left. Photo: supplied
The proceeds from the fundraising effort will now be forwarded directly by the Health Services Authority to a hospital in Puerto Rico where Kaidija was taken for treatment recently. Photo: supplied
The proceeds from the fundraising effort will now be forwarded directly by the Health Services Authority to a hospital in Puerto Rico where Kaidija was taken for treatment recently. Photo: supplied
Good Samaritans within the Virgin Islands community are responding to the cry for help by the family of Lupus stricken Kaidija Martin. The latest effort is a fundraising concert set for December 20, 2012 at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium, H. Lavity Community College campus in Paraquita Bay. The Althea Scatliffe Primary School will also be holding a series of fundraising activities and events in support of Kaidija Martin (above). Photo:Paul's Photo Studio/Althea Scatliffe Primary
Good Samaritans within the Virgin Islands community are responding to the cry for help by the family of Lupus stricken Kaidija Martin. The latest effort is a fundraising concert set for December 20, 2012 at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium, H. Lavity Community College campus in Paraquita Bay. The Althea Scatliffe Primary School will also be holding a series of fundraising activities and events in support of Kaidija Martin (above). Photo:Paul's Photo Studio/Althea Scatliffe Primary
The concert for kaidija Martin has been dubbed
The concert for kaidija Martin has been dubbed "Together For A Cause" and will see local stars Travie Rozae and Monea headlining the list of artistes. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – CEO of the BVI Health Services Authority, Darlene A. Carty-Baptiste, accepted a payment today, April 22, 2013 from the Althea Scatliffe Primary School on behalf of Kaidija Martin.

The payment, amounting to a total of $7,159.88, represented funds raised through a series of activities organised by the school in order to raise funds for the 10-year-old girl who is stricken by lupus.

Principal of Althea Scatliffe Primary, Marietta Flax-Headley, expressed gratitude to the many individuals and businesses that contributed towards making the fundraising efforts a success overall.

The fundraising initiative included a raffle, a Christmas concert, a walkathon, t-shirt sales as well as a drop box placed at the school for funds to be deposited.

Principal Flax-Headley explained that the initiative came about after an article published by this news site was seen by teachers at the school and a decision was subsequently made to assist during a staff meeting where the teachers met and pooled their ideas.

The proceeds from the fundraising effort will now be forwarded directly by the Health Services Authority to a hospital in Puerto Rico where Kaidija was taken for treatment recently.

See previous story posted December 11, 2012:

UPDATE: Travie Rozae & Monea to perform at fundraising concert for Kaidija Martin

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Good Samaritans Adrian James, Dennis George and Shane Liburd have responded to the cry for help by the family of Lupus stricken Kaidija Martin by organising a fundraising concert set for December 20, 2012 at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium, H. Lavity Community College campus in Paraquita Bay.

The concert has been dubbed "Together For A Cause" and will see local stars Travie Rozae and Monea headlining the list of artistes.

According to Mr James, the purpose of the concert is to help "alleviate costs in Kaidija Martin's medical bills which is about $40,000."

Other performers will include Brent Hoyte, Shane Liburd and Dennis George.

Tickets can be purchased at JJJ Giftshop, Bolo's, Bobby's Marketplace, J&C Trading LTD. "We're asking everyone to come out and support this event and persons who are able to make donations can also do so as well," said Mr James.

Only recently, students and teachers of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School (ASPS) joined forces in an effort to raise funds to assist with the medical expenses for 10-year-old Martin, who is a student of the school.

Among the activities planned is a Christmas concert scheduled for December 12, 2012.

See previous story posted on December 6, 2012

Althea Scatliffe Primary rallies fundraising efforts for Kaidija

Students and teachers of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School (ASPS) have joined forces in an effort to raise funds for 10-year-old Kaidija Martin to assist with her medical expenses.

Kaidija is afflicted with Lupus, one of many disorders of the immune system known as autoimmune diseases. Lupus can affect many parts of the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain. Although people with the disease may have many different symptoms, some of the most common ones include extreme fatigue, painful or swollen joints (arthritis), unexplained fever, skin rashes, and kidney problems.

At present, there is no cure for lupus.

Principal of ASPS, Marietta Flax-Headley, disclosed that a series of activities and events were planned by the school in a show of support for Kaidija, who is also a student there.

The fund raising initiatives include a raffle; a Christmas concert set for December 12, 2012; a walkathon scheduled for December 15, 2012 from the ASPS to Ebenezer Thomas Primary in Sea Cows Bay and back; t-shirt sales as well as a drop box placed at the school for funds to be deposited.

The raffle will be drawn on the evening of the concert and Principal Flax-Headley is encouraging persons to come out in support of the walkathon, which will be held on the Saturday following the concert from 5 A.M. Persons are also encouraged to purchase t-shirts, raffle tickets and also to sponsor others taking part in the walkathon. The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of the school will be assisting with prizes for the raffle, which have not been revealed as yet.

She disclosed that the initiative came about after an article published by this news site was seen by teachers at the school and a decision was subsequently made to assist during a staff meeting where the teachers met and pooled their ideas.

According to the Principal, the initiative was the first of this magnitude by the school and students were thrilled to participate. She disclosed that when the students were informed of the fundraising drive, they were in complete support and expressed that no effort was too much to assist with their fellow student’s condition.

All proceeds from the fundraising effort will be forwarded directly to the Health Services Authority which has made payments to a hospital in Puerto Rico where Kaidija was taken for treatment recently.

19 Responses to “UPDATE: Health Authority receives payment for Kaidija Martin ”

  • POPE (06/12/2012, 07:44) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    oh no such a sweet lil girl
  • Akua (06/12/2012, 13:58) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dear Father, I've placed her in your hands for you to comfort her in this time of trouble. I know the devil always try to conquer but your children are Yours and are just rewards for us. I pray that you may send your guardian angels to comfort them and give them the strength, faith, hope. love and patience to sail these waters. In your name of the Most High. Selah
  • concern parent (06/12/2012, 14:42) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply

    Great ideas. What is the purpose of the t-shirt sale? In God We Trust

    • Teacher (06/12/2012, 15:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      The t-shirts are sold above cost and the interest made on the t-shirts will also go towards the bill. It will also identify the group/participants on the morning of the walk. Persons not able to walk can also purchase one and contribute in this way.
  • weed (06/12/2012, 17:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a beautiful smile!
  • DON Q (11/12/2012, 16:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is so sweet I am so pleased
  • student (11/12/2012, 16:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    de party still cyah done? GOOD JOB TRAVIE AND MONEA?
    • kaidija martin (20/05/2016, 18:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      still here alive and well made the hounor rroll for the 2014-2015 school year and hopping to make this yearand i am in form 2 grade and hoppping to go to form3 grade 9 and help the B.V.I and the LUPUS foundation find CURE for this illlness cause I just found out that one of my favourte singer how does not sing gospel have LUPUS and many women still apporche me and encourages me
  • Supporter (12/12/2012, 00:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    beautiful little girl. will do wateva i can to help
  • Happy (22/04/2013, 16:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    happy ending mehson
  • KM (22/04/2013, 17:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its hurts me to to that we lost her mother to the same disease two years ago and now i have to watch my niece go through to same pain. It hurts me deep inside that i can't help carry the load that she feels on a daily basis but, God knows and see all things.
  • wtf? (22/04/2013, 17:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    do they understand that this is someones life? shes a little girl... come on... get as much funds as possible... help her before it gets really bad...$8000 is not even enough... come on...
  • HSA (22/04/2013, 18:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Somebody need to make sure that money dont spend on executive bonus, pay raise, or NLB contractors like the staff increment money.
  • yoyo (22/04/2013, 19:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why the government cant put up some money? She is a child after all.

    That woman always looking like she going to a party. She need to buy some proper business wear.
  • Frdvcdrftgyh (22/04/2013, 20:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope the little girl feel better i am so sorry for her tell hor love her
  • @@@@@@ (22/04/2013, 21:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    watch out. Interesting days lie ahead.


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