ANTI-SCRATCH BOMB CAMPAIGN HAS SHOWN THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO CARE
A corporate donor has paid heed to the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications’ anti-scratch bomb campaign aimed at developing a culture of care by contributing a year’s worth of Sally Ann Cuffie’s salary.
Mrs. Cuffie lost both her thumbs while shielding her grand-daughter from an exploding scratch bomb in November 2016. She was presented with the first instalment of the donation today by attorney-at-law, Keith Scotland, and Minister of Public Administration and Communications, the Honourable Maxie Cuffie (no relation to the victim), on behalf of the corporate donor who wished to remain anonymous.
“Today’s gesture is significant testimony to the success of the [anti-scratch bomb] campaign, which was inspired by Sally Ann Cuffie… and is an open declaration that there are people who care in Trinidad and Tobago,” noted Minister Cuffie, in acknowledging the kind act by the citizen.
Scotland said that the donor was moved to financially assist Mrs. Cuffie after her act of courage was highlighted in the national petition to desist from the use of scratch bombs and illegal fireworks and be considerate to others over the recent Christmas and New Year’s seasons.
“There are still good people in this country,” praised the attorney, recognizing both Mrs. Cuffie’s act of bravery in protecting her grand-daughter, as well as the benefactor’s generous donation.
Minister Cuffie noted that reports over the recent festive season showed a reduction in the use of scratch bombs, and more importantly, appealed to citizens’ sense of pride in “developing the kind of culture we want to see in T&T”. The scratch bomb campaign gained support from many sectors, and sparked public
discussions in newspapers and on social media. Minister Cuffie advised that the concerns of interested citizens and NGOs have since been forwarded to the Attorney General, for consideration and review from a legislative point of view.