Bermuda Student Makes Difference In Belize

April 10, 2014

Aisha Bassett, a Bermuda student pursuing her medical education in the UK and serving a medical internship in Belize, has turned her original dream of lending a hand to Belizeans in need into a charitable opportunity thanks to not only her generosity, but that of all Bermudians.

A spokesperson for the Belize Cancer Center, where Miss Bassett is serving her internship, said “Cancer treatment should be accessible to all, not just the privileged. So it was most welcome when Bermudian Ms. Jenefer Brimmer, President of HI Group Investment and Management Ltd. donated $1000BZ to the Belize Cancer Centre in Dangriga.

“The donations, however, didn’t stop there.

From left to right: Mr. Douglas Thompson, Owner of the Black Orchid Resort Hotel in Belize, Ms. Jenefer Brimmer, President HI Group Investment & Management Company, Ms. Emily Sarmiento, Administrator at the Belize Cancer Center, and Ms. Aisha Bassett, Medical Intern:

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“Ms. Brimmer’s initial support of fellow Bermudian Miss Aisha Basset’s dream of an internship in Belize has been generously supplemented by funding from the Bermuda public. Miss Basset, a medical student in the UK, had appealed for the public’s support a year ago to follow her heart in doing her medical internship at the Belize Cancer Centre.

“With the surplus funds at hand, this young lady, a true global citizen, asked that this donation be used to assist any Belizean families in need of chemotherapy or radiation.

“It was then with great pride that Ms. Brimmer assisted Miss Basset in presenting a second cheque of $3850BZ to Ms. Emily Sarmiento of the Belize Cancer Centre. Also present was Mr. Douglas Thompson, owner of the Black Orchid Resort, who hosted Miss Basset upon her arrival in Belize.

From left to right: Ms. Jenefer Brimmer, President HI Group Investment & Management Company, Ms. Emily Sarmiento, Administrator at the Belize Cancer Center, and Ms. Aisha Bassett, Medical Intern:

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“Heartfelt thanks must be extended to the Bermudian individuals who gave to this cause: Ms. Winifred Simons, Mrs. Berlene Smith, Mrs. Phyllis Forbes, Mr. Victor Smith, an anonymous donor, and The People’s Church of Bermuda.

“Ms. Brimmer added that the relationship between Bermuda and Belize has a long history, with a number of Belizeans settling in Bermuda. It is hoped that the giving towards making cancer treatment possible for all Belizeans will not stop here. HI Group LLC, like Miss Basset, endeavor to go the distance and encourage others to join this worthy cause.”

The Belize Cancer Center:

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