WASHINGTON D.C. – His Excellency Sidney Collie, Ambassador to the United States along with Theo Neilly, Consul General and diplomatic staff were invited to Andrews Air Force Base in Suitland, Maryland to observe military personal as they loaded 100 donated computers for Bahamian students impacted by Hurricane Dorian, onboard a state-of-the art C-130 military aircraft destined for Nassau, The Bahamas.
The large computer donation is a result of an initiative spearheaded by Mr. Jay Lightfoot of Northumberland Highschool and the Virginia STAR Program. The STAR Program is a Training and Refurbishment program, which teaches students to refurbish surplus computer hardware. The computers are then distributed to communities in need. This is the second shipment of computers donated to Bahamian students through the program. On December, 18th 2019 seventy-seven computers were donated by students from Northumberland High School STAR program.
Ambassador Collie took the opportunity to express gratitude on behalf of the Bahamian people to Mr. John Polhemus, Deputy Director, U.S. Air Force; Colonel Buchanan, U.S. Air Force and Major Ben Mattalino, U.S. Air Force who will pilot the aircraft to The Bahamas. Ambassador Collie also thanked Mr. Jay Lightfoot and the Virginia Star Program.