The Lions Club of St Michael Tuesday presented two-year bursaries to two secondary school students in honour of a departed member who had devoted his time to providing free bus rides for school children.
Carlos Lee, who attended St George Primary received a grant for his first two years of learning at Elerslie Secondary School and Serina Hinkson, who attended St Luke’s Primary was given a similar grant to attend Springer Memorial Secondary, in the name of the late Lion and police Sergeant Darcy Cumberbatch who passed away recently.
“We remember him as cheerful, fun-loving, helpful and hard-working. He was a truly dedicated and committed member of our club,” Chairman of the Scholarship Committee Sylvester Niles said during the presentation in the Lions Den at the Centre for the Blind and Deaf, Beckles Road.
“Lion Darcy was an active member who worked labouriously to execute our various projects, and we thought it fit that we should remember him.”
Niles said that the two were selected from among pupils at the primary schools with which Cumberbatch worked as a volunteer driver, using the St George Church bus.
The two students were selected based on assessments of their needs and intelligence, along with observation of their decorum and discipline.
Niles said while the grants would run for two years in the first instance the Club would seek to ensure the funding was extended to cover the pupils’ full course of study .
Additionally the Lions will seek to make the Darcy Cumberbatch scholarship grant an annual feature.
“The club will allocate funds from the various money-earning projects for this purpose,” Niles said. (GA)