Young philanthropist gives birthday money to charity

| 22/12/2009

Cayman Islands News, Cayman local news, Humane Society(CNS): Jayda Simmonds told family and friends she didn’t want birthday presents this year. Instead, for her 8th birthday party in early December, she asked for donations for the Cayman Islands Humane Society. She collected $272 and presented it to the organization’s vice president, Pamela Hart (left with Jayda). “I asked my mom about the different charities on the island and we went on the internet and found the Cayman Islands Humane Society. This is the perfect charity because I do not like animal cruelty and I thought it would be really nice to be able to help the animals at Christmas,” said Jayda in her letter that accompanied her contribution.

“I had a really fun birthday and collected lots of money. I hope that you will be able to spend the money to take care of all of the animals who need homes this year and I pray that they all find good homes in the near future.”

Jayda, a second grader at Grace Christian Academy in West Bay, learned when she presented her donation that it qualified for the society’s ‘Sponsor a Cage’ program. Now one of the pet cages will be named for her.

“I hope other children will follow Jayda’s example,” says Hart. “In addition to monetary contributions we gratefully accept cat and dog food, toys, leashes and other needed items.”

The mission of the Cayman Islands Humane Society is to provide shelter, care and attention to all unwanted companion animals and seek out responsible and loving homes for them. It relies entirely on memberships, donations and fundraisers organized by volunteers. It is located at 153 North Sound Road, phone 949-1461 or visit online at 

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  1. Leslie Vargas says:

    I’m so happy to hear your helping animals….I love them too. What an excellent way to celebrate your b-day! God bless you. Love you- Leslie

  2. Anonymous says:


    quote :well done to jayda and the

    "well done to jayda and the hunmane society… fighting everyday against the cruelty to animals by jaymanians"  unquote

    Well done JAYDA!   but to the writer – did you try to spell Caymanians?   shame on you!!  all nationalities have cruel people – stop pointing fingures!!




  3. Anonymous says:

    Jayda, you are a wonderful and generous child.  We hope very much that others will follow your example. 

  4. Lauren Sommerville says:

    Congratulations on your 8th Birthday Jayda and well done for sharing the gift of hope with the Humane Society this Christmas 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful birthday! Merry Christmas! Love from Mrs. Sommervillexx

  5. Samantha says:

    Jayda, you are an inspiration. I am so proud of you!

  6. Anonymous says:

    well done to jayda and the hunmane society… fighting everyday against the cruelty to animals by jaymanians

  7. paul shoucair says:

     You should be very proud parents , and naturally Robbie you should be a proud  grandpa. Well done Jadya

  8. robert hamaty says:

    jadya is my grand daughter I am very proud of her.

  9. Animaliberator says:

    Excellent act Jayda. With an attitude like this at your young age, I’m sure you will become a great trendsetter for many to follow your example in the future.

    You’re a star kiddo!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    How refreshing to read about a good kid with a big heart.  Congratulations to Jayda (and her parents) on restoring selflessness as a virtue.  Hopefully her example will call other youth to action, and introduce the next generation to the spirit of philanthropy.