'Toots' donates to Wolmer's Girls
Toots Hibbert (second left) presents US$2,000 to the Enid Smedmore Foundation at Wolmer's Girls' High School last Wednesday. Collecting the cheque is Norma Brown-Bell, chairperson and trustee of the foundation. Looking on is guidance counsellor Althea Graham-Haynes (right) and Marie Thompson. - Photo by Roxroy McLean
VETERAN REGGAE artiste Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert last Wednesday donated US$2,000 to the Enid Smedmore Foundation of the Wolmer's Girls school.
The presentation was made during a small media briefing, which was hosted by Norma Brown-Bell, chairperson and trustee of the foundation.
The foundation, which was started in September 1998, gives academic and financial support to the girls at the high school.
After making the presentation, Toots, known for the songs 54-46 and Sweet and Dandy, told The Gleaner that he felt pleased to be a part of the programme and wished them luck in the future.
"I see this venture as very thoughtful and uplifting. I enjoyed every moment here and I hope this continues for a long time," he said.
Meanwhile, Bell spoke highly of the former Wolmerian, Enid Smedmore, for whom the foundation is named, and commended the philanthropic efforts of Hibbert, saying it was a kind gesture.
"It was her wish that whatever savings they had, go towards the students' scholarship. She was a real strong woman, and when she passed we decided to continue on her will. Also, I must extend gratitude to Toots for his kind gesture, it means a lot," she said.
Also in attendance were Althea Graham-Haynes, the school's guidance counsellor, and Marie Thompson, a past student and a trustee of the foundation.