The first day back to school for many students is an exciting experience.
However, it took a more sombre tone at the Christ Church Girls’ School today as all the attention was focussed on one little girl. She is eight-year-old Keana Banfield, who over the Easter holiday fell seriously ill and was airlifted to a Miami hospital seeking medical attention. At present she was said to be in stable condition.
This morning the entire school population gathered at assembly and prayed for a speedy recovery for the fellow student.†
Speaking to Barbados TODAY this afternoon at the Water Street, Christ Church school, Principal Heather Bryan noted that the school’s efforts to assist her and her family would not end there.
Describing Keana as a very quiet but articulate young lady, she said a special committee was set-up to help raise funds to assist with her medical expenses and they had so far planned a few fund-raisers to do just that. The first will be a pray rally and it will held at the school this Friday, April 26.
This session will only be open to students and their parents who have been asked to contribute at least $2 to the cause while another pray session scheduled for May 5 and will be held at the Christ Church Parish Church in Church Hill, will be open to the public.
Though yet not confirmed, Bryan said they also planned a concert, which was expected to be held at the Wildey Gymnasium on May 18. The entertainment package will included calypso, gospel, dance, poetry. Some artistes who have already confirmed their willingness to donate their time for Keana are Alison Hinds, TC, Crimeson, Dancin’ Africa, A Few Good Men, Kid Site, The Merrymen and Lil’ Rick.
The concert will be held under the patronage of Minister of Youth and MP for Christ Church West Central, Stephen Lashley, and there will be no cover charge, but persons will be asked to give for Keana. All proceeds raised will go towards her.
All the events will have a†purple theme as that is Keana’s favourite colour. She said she was shocked when she first learnt of Keana’s condition.
“I was sitting right at my desk when the call came that she was being prepared to be airlifted,” the principal said. “I was told exactly what she had gone through and my whole body was covered in goosebumps. It really had me knocked off.
“Rather than cry, I prayed with the individual who was relaying the situation to me, but it was shocking… As a strong believer in God I still prayed and believed that she will be all right.
“Pray can be very effective in causing healing to take place, nothing should be done without the sense of God’s presence so join us as we seek God’s healing power for Keana,” said Bryan.
Natalie Rowe, the public relations officer of the committee and Keana’s Health Science teacher, also encouraged friends of Christ Church Girls’, past students, and well wishers to support their endeavours as they strive to assist Keana.
An account [number 714279] at Scotia Bank in Rockley, Christ Church was also set-up to help with the financial upkeep of her medical expenses.
Counselling at the school is being made available for close friends and classmates .(KC)†