Reigning IAAF female athlete of the year Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce made a surprise donation of J$1 million to the George Headley Primary School in Kingston on September 25th.
The George Headley Primary school now has an additional million dollars to put in its ‘piggy bank’ courtesy of Jamaica’s ‘Pocket-Rocket Foundation’ by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
Fraser-Pryce made the donation during a tour with the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), where she told students of her alma mater to practice road safety habits.
According to FraserPryce, who is a NRSC Road Safety Ambassador, road safety is of national importance, and should be widely emphasized, especially amongst our students who use our dangerous roads while travelling to and from school.
“Road safety should be of importance to us all. It is crucial that we continuously remind and encourage our students to engage in road safety practices,” FraserPryce said.
She then made the surprise announcement and handed Mrs. Aretha Willie, principal of George Headley Primary School, a cheque for $1million for the institution.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce gives back to her Primary School
She noted that George Headley Primary School helped to mould her into the sprinter she is today; thus, it was only fitting that her first school visit with the NRSC be at the school. Also, the time had come for her to give back to her school.
“This surprise donation should have been made a while ago. However, what better time to make my surprise donation than now while I am touring with the National Road Safety Council,” she said.
After accepting the cheque and 500 exercise books printed by the NRSC, Mrs. Willie, said she was elated: “We are happy that NRSC and ShellyAnn FraserPryce chose our school for their school tour today. It is a wonderful feeling to know that one of our past students is now a Gold Medallist and thought of coming back to give to us.”
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