St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The St. Kitts Netball Association has come to the aid of one of their member players, Ms. Khalique Challenger, after the house she shared with her family in St. Pauls was completely destroyed by fire just a few weeks ago.
Challenger, a CFBC student, was forced to have to find shelter whilst in the midst of completing her studies.
On Monday evening, the Netball Association handed over two cheques to Ms. Challenger totaling over $1200.
Netball Association President, Juliet Hanley-Liburd, explained that after the association became aware of Ms. Challenger’s plight, the organization had a fundraiser to help their colleague.
“The St. Kitts Netball Association learned that Ms. Khalique Challenger had a fire and we all pooled our resources and we came up with a fundraiser which was held on the tenth of June, and with the money that we raised from Saturday, the tenth of June, we make a presentation this afternoon on behalf of the St. Kitts Netball Association. We had netball teams, from all over, the rural area that came in and they played. We had ten persons on the team, seven of whom were female and three were male, we had a real enthusiastic evening, the game was well attended, and everybody gave five dollars.”
Executive Member of the St. Kitts Netball Association and reigning National Carnival Swimwear Queen Shakira Pitt, who, in collaboration with the Carnival Committee, donated the larger of the two cheques, said the financial assistance was meant to support the young woman and her family as they recover from the fire.
“When I learned that Ms. Khalique Challenger lost her entire home and her personal effects as a result of a fire, as an Executive Member of the St. Kitts Netball Association and in keeping with my platform, ‘Promoting the Sport of Netball’ for the St. Kitts-Nevis National Carnival Swimwear Pageant in collaboration with the St. Kitts-Nevis National Carnival Committee, we contributed an amount of one thousand dollars as a gesture to Ms. Challenger to assist with her efforts to recover from this unfortunate incident.”
During the handing over ceremony, Ms. Challenger expressed gratitude towards her fellow members for aiding her and her family in their time of need.