Log In

Reset Password

Alaysia, 10, gives Christmas money to blind

A schoolmate's good deed inspired a ten-year-old girl to help a charity.

Alaysia Glasford, a primary 6 pupil at Paget Primary School, handed $340 collected instead of Christmas gifts to the Bermuda Society for the Blind on Tuesday.

She said: “Every time I see a blind or visually impaired person walking along, I think to myself that I hope they get where they're going safely, and I wish that they could see again.”

Alaysia was inspired by her schoolmate and friend, Sélah Wilson, who used her birthday to raise $500 for the Salvation Army.

Sélah's good deed was reported in The Royal Gazette in September. Alaysia said: “I chose the Bermuda Society for the Blind because my auntie works there.”

The Warwick youngster wanted her donation to go towards “buying equipment for their clients”.

Dionne Glasford, her aunt, the office administrator at the society's Beacon House headquarters in Hamilton, said she had often told Alaysia “there are a lot of vision-impaired people in Bermuda”.

Ms Glasford added that she had only found out about her niece's decision a few days before Alaysia decided to hand the money over.

She said: “It touched my heart — Christmas money for a kid like Alaysia would usually mean games.

“I'm very proud of her, especially for donating to my charity.”

Billy Glasford, her father, admitted Alaysia's decision came as a surprise and Mary Hogan, her mother, said it was “another proud notch on our belt”.

Dolores Glasford, Alaysia's grandmother, admitted she had been sceptical — but was impressed that “she stuck to what she wanted to do”.

Clifton Lambert, 72, a society board member who has regained part of his sight thanks to a cornea transplant in his right eye, said Alaysia's gift was “the most charitable thing any human being can do”.

Mr Lambert added: “I hope that when this hits the paper that it will inspire other children to think about the handicapped and the elderly.

“I have a lot of respect for this young person.”

Vince Godber, the society's vision rehabilitation professional, said the donation came at a crucial time for the charity.

He said: “We are due to start a capital project to renovate the building — we are planning for a completely new rehabilitation centre to serve the whole of Bermuda.”

Mr Godber added there were about 2,000 visually impaired residents that the society was aware of, but the real number could be double that figure.

Kind gesture: Alaysia Glasford, 10, gives her Christmas birthday money to the Bermuda Society of the Blind courtesy of her aunt, Dionne Glasford, who is an office administrator for the charity. They were joined by, from left, parents Billy Glasford and Mary Hogan, grandmother Dolores Glasford, society board member Clifton Lambert, and vision rehab professional Vince Godber (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

You must be Registered or to post comment or to vote.

Published January 18, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated January 18, 2019 at 6:38 am)

Alaysia, 10, gives Christmas money to blind

What you
Need to
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon