Presidents College to benefit from GAC fundraiser

Bonita Montague addressing a recent 50th Independence fundraising event in Brooklyn.
Photo by Tangerine Clarke

Presidents’ College of Guyana will benefit from funds raised at the (GAC) Guyana Action Committee’s 50th Independence Gala at Georgetown Pegasus Hotel, on May 21, according to Operations Director Bonita Montague.

Scholarship grants, and donation of books and supplies will then be handed over to students of the 31-year-old college during a May 24 education initiative, and ceremony at the school’s Golden Grove campus.

Students who wrote the National Grade Six Assessment and the lower sixth form in the academic performance of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate, attend the school, that suffered neglect, said Montague, whose organization wants to return Guyana to its glory day of academic excellence.

Montague says the prestigious school, founded by late president Forbes Burnham in 1985, was abandoned, and as such, GAC is seeking support to return not only Presidents College to its once high academic standing, but is prepared to uplift Guyana’s literacy rate by teaching many Guyanese to read and write.

As part of its outreach, the non-profit is also lobbying the United Nations to discuss domestic violence in Guyana where the surge has reach epidemic proportions.

To this end, GAC will invite overseas organizations to conduct programs to educate citizens. Its long-term goal is to build a transitional center to house battered woman.

These programs are planned for Guyana’s Independence. In addition, GAC will host a fundraising booth at the May 12 to 15 GuyExpo 2016, at the Sophia Center, where memorabilia would be sold to benefit various causes.

Major sponsor Bonel Enterprises, an eco-friendly cleaning company, will also showcase its products at the expo.

The five-year-old organization is committed to projects and discussions aimed at providing means for cultural economic and social change, and economic empowerment for citizens in Guyana and the Diaspora.

Executive board members include Errol Lewis, Dr. Terrance Simon, Anita Cochran, Nickeitta Leung, Anita Cochran, Carolyn Chisholm Moore and Ellen Tappin.

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