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Youngster helps cancer society


Tuesday 28th June, 2005   Posted: 16:26 CIT   (21:26 GMT)

Samuel Whitney presents his donation to Christine Sanders of the cancer society. Photo: Submitted

Samuel Whitney proves that you are never too young to make a difference.

The youngster donated more than CI$500 to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, money he collected by foregoing presents at his recent birthday party.

His friends instead gave money, resulting in the donation. Sam, who will be off–island when he officially turns nine this weekend, is the youngest volunteer at the cancer society. Over the last few months he has helped clean the warehouse and provided voiceovers for the organisation’s public service announcements.

When he was sending out invitations to his party, he decided he didn’t need any presents.

“There are many people who are sick and need help and I know the cancer society helps sick people,” Sam said.

Christine Sanders, education and office manager of the society, is not surprised by the young man’s attitude.

“He’s a pretty special kid. The fact that he shows such genuine interest in the cancer society and what we do and how we work is something we would love to see in more kids,” Ms Sanders said.

The money will be used to assist some of the people with cancer that the society helps, she said.

Sam’s mother, Laura Ribbins, is equally pleased with her son.

“It was Sam’s idea to ask his friends for donations and I am so proud of him for doing this,” she said.

He shows a maturity beyond his nine years, Ms Sanders added.

“I think he realises there are other people out there who don’t have what he has and he wants to give them a chance,” she said.

Ms Sanders also wanted to thank all of Sam’s friends who made donations to the society.

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