RIBBON CUTTING: Bolt and his parents do the honours; Inset, with headmaster Mark Nicely.
On Wednesday, the student body of the William Knibb Memorial High School in Trelawny received a wonderful early Christmas present, thanks in large part to their world-famous alum Usain Bolt, who donated a 29-seater Hino bus (valued at close to J$5 million) to the institution during a handing-over presentation, which was also attended by Bolt’s parents, Wellesley and Jennifer, manager Norman Peart, and longtime colleague Nugent Walker, among others.
“I always try to give back to my school because this is where it all started. I am very happy,” the lanky sprinter told journalists. “I didn’t want to talk about donation and anything. For me it was a great feeling just to be back. I haven’t been back here for a long time, and it brought back a lot of feelings. It is just a joy. It was wonderful to be back here.”
And he’s not done yet. Ever the altruist, the 26-year-old says a range of upcoming projects are at the discussion stage (via the Usain Bolt Foundation), such as a planned community centre for his former hometown of Sherwood Content, also in Trelawny. “The project at the community centre is soon to get off the ground,” he said. “My team is still sorting things out where that is concerned, but definitely we’re going to do a lot of work in the community…. We are serious about the project and soon the community will see what work we're putting in.”
Meantime, Bolt’s Nissan Gold GT-R, which was recently put up for auction, sold for more than US$191,000, with all the proceeds set to benefit Jamaican kids through Bolt’s foundation.