Ki-mani Olivacce receiving the Paul Harris Fellowship recently.
PHILIPSBURG–Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle recently recognised Ki-mani Olivacce with a Paul Harris Fellowship for his work in the community with his initiative of the “Back to School Drive”.
Ki-mani started his Back to School Drive in 2016 when he saw students going to school without schoolbags and supplies, and decided to help with getting them the supplies they needed for school.
He donated 300 school backpacks in 2016; 350 backpacks in 2017; 400 backpacks in 2018; and this year he would like to donate 500 backpacks.
These backpacks are split into three sets. One set contains notebooks, highlighters, scientific calculator, geometry set, compass, ruler, sharpener, eraser, pencils, pens, pencil case and an agenda for high school students. The second set contains composition books, ruler, coloured pencils, pencil case, eraser, sharpener, pencils, pens, an agenda and a binder with paper for elementary pupils. The last set for kindergarten children contains crayons, colouring books, pencils, a lunch kit, and a small reusable water bottle.
More than 1,000 children have benefitted from his initiative.
Rotary Mid Isle feels very privileged and proud to have been a part of Ki-mani’s Back to School Drive initiative.
Ki-mani said during the event, “I would like to thank Rotary Mid Isle for this honour. I would like to thank them for their support through the three years with my Back to School Drive. When I started this drive, it was from my heart. I would like to continue contributing toward this well-needed cause.
“This is my senior year and my plans are indeed to continue my studies in the U.S. However, I hope I will get the full support of the Rotary again this year. I will start this year’s drive in June. I hope that this year I can count on your support. I would like to thank the whole team for everything they have done for the Back to School Drive. Last, but not least, my parents and family, because without them I would not be the person I am today. Thank you.”
To help kickstart his initiative this year Mid Isle presented Ki-Mani with five backpacks donated by “Friends in Action” and other school supplies donated by K1 Britannia Foundation.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/87055-ki-mani-olivacce-recognised-with-paul-harris-fellowship