Glen Archer 'fighting for his life'
The Reverend Glen Archer, the Spelling Bee coach who led Jodi-Anne Maxwell to become Jamaica's first, and only, winner of the United-States Scripps National Spelling Bee in 1998, is currently seriously ill in hospital.
A teacher by profession, Archer has been suffering from renal failure for the past five years, requiring him to undergo dialysis two to three times per week.
The Spelling Bee coach is being described as "fighting for his life".
Beyond his present condition, Archer will need to undergo a surgical procedure, and ultimately, he will need a kidney transplant.
The group 'Friends of Glen Archer', comprising family and friends, is currently raising funds through a number of initiatives, including an online campaign and a fundraising dinner.
The online campaign allows persons from around the world to contribute funds through the website Indiegogo. Up to yesterday, US$3,250 had been raised of a target of US$25,000.
Persons wishing to donate directly to Archer using their credit cards can do so by visiting the group's website at friendsofglenarcher.com.
Persons in Jamaica can visit any Jamaica National branch and donate using the account number 2094180809.
The other fundraising initiative hosted by the group is a fundraising dinner which is scheduled for this Friday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. The recognition and fundraising dinner, titled 'Deo Volente', will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature music by The Capstone Band.
With a capacity of 250, persons wishing to attend the dinner are urged to purchase a ticket at the hotel prior to Friday. Tickets are available at The Jamaica Pegasus.
Persons are asked to contribute $10,000 to attend.
Archer, who is also a renowned Schools' Challenge Quiz coach, was recently awarded The Gleaner Special Honour Award for outstanding service to Education in 2014.
He has been teaching at Ardenne High since 1978 and began coaching students for the Spelling Bee in 1986.