$14,700 collected in nine days: Benjamin Foundation receives first donation

POSTED: 08/21/15 12:44 PM


St. Maarten – The Gamali Benjamin Foundation received a first check of $12,400 yesterday at the Island 92 studios in Simpson Bay. Radio personality Jeffrey “Dr. Soc” Sochrin presented the check to the foundation’s representative Paul Ellinger live on the airwaves.

The foundation aims to safeguard the support towards the family of the late officer who was shot in the line of duty and died on Saturday August 8.

Dr. Soc said the funds were raised via the go fund me website, a platform that is used all over the world for online donations. “204 People raised $14,700 in nine days and we intend to keep the campaign going until we hit our $25,000 mark. We have to respect our men in blue for the hard work they do on a daily basis. We want to help Gamali’s family, especially his 5-year-old son Kareem.”

The radio host told this newspaper that the boy is going through a difficult stage right now. “I heard that Kareem was told that his father is asleep. He is now asking when his father will wake up. This is sad and I want to help the family in any way possible,” commented Dr. Soc.

Paul Ellinger thanked the Island 92 team and told Sochrin that the idea behind the foundation was to assist the family and to continue helping other families of officers as well. “Everybody knows that Officer Benjamin had a good name and we intend to keep it up by spreading only good on the island. The other officers involved during the robbery went through a traumatic experience and they need counseling too. We intend to use these funds for them also. Gamali was 32 years old and he will always be remembered,” said Ellinger yesterday.

Sochrin said that he transfers funds to the foundation every Monday. The campaign will close after the donation drive hits its $25,000 target. Currently, the campaign is $10,300 shy of its mark. The foundation plans to take care of Kareem’s school fee and books until he goes off to college. We want to give him all the help he needs to fend for himself until he becomes an adult. For now we will take care of everything,” Ellinger said on the radio show.

To make a donation go to www.gofundme.com/bh2frtbs

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