Good Fortuin stabbing survivor gets corporate help

Tamika Miller (left) as she collected her one of her cheques from Marketing Manager of Courts Guyana, Pernell Cummings

Five weeks after Tamika Miller was brutally stabbed 27 times by her husband and narrowly escaped the ordeal, her life is being set back on track thanks to the contributions of three local corporate entities.

Following the publication of Miller’s tragic story, Scotiabank Guyana, Habitat for Humanity Guyana, and Courts Guyana came together to offer their assistance to the woman and her eight-year-old daughter, Terrencia, who had witnessed the attack on her mother.

Tamika Miller (left) as she collected her one of her cheques from Marketing Manager of Courts Guyana, Pernell Cummings
Tamika Miller (left) as she collected her one of her cheques from Marketing Manager of Courts Guyana, Pernell Cummings

Sometime after the attack, her husband, Andrew Patterson, was found hanging in the backyard of a house at Versailles, with both wrists slit and a knife close by his suspended body.

Repairs are scheduled to be conducted on Miller’s Goed Fortuin home and will include upgraded floors and kitchen cupboards along with the construction of a sanitary block.

According to a joint press release, Scotiabank and Courts will finance the repairs while Habitat Guyana will provide the technical skills to execute the repairs.

Though these repairs are incomplete, assistance has also been given to the family through a partnership between ChildLink Guyana and Scotiabank to provide counselling for Miller’s young daughter. Since the incident, Terrencia and her mother had been staying in a Kitty home with family and the young girl had been unable to attend her school on the West Coast Demerara.

Last week, Scotiabank provided financial support to enable the girl to travel to school. During a simple ceremony yesterday at Scotiabank’s Robb Street offices, an emotional Miller thanked the organisations for their benevolent contributions and urged all women to be on the lookout for signs of abuse in their relationships. “I just wan’ tell all the women out there, look out for certain signs because I didn’t expect this [the abuse],” a teary Miller advised.

Pernell Cummings, Marketing Manager at Courts Guyana, noted that abuse was a blight that needed to be addressed by all of corporate Guyana. “Abuse doesn’t affect just the direct victim but everyone that comes in contact with the person that has been abused,” Cummings emphasised.

Tamika Miller’s home at Goed Fortuin
Tamika Miller’s home at Goed Fortuin

Miller also used the opportunity to encourage all organizations to help other victims of abuse in the very manner she had been helped.

“Nobody ever done anything like this for me; I sit down and work hard and do everything for myself,” Miller pointed out.

Along with the repairs to her home, the woman received monetary donations from Courts as well Habitat for Humanity.

However, she was not the only beneficiary. Scotiabank also handed over several cheques to a number of local organisations.

According to Jennifer Cipriani, the bank’s Marketing Manager, the Robb Street branch of the bank raised $1.2 million through its annual cake sale in October 2013 and received the same sum from the bank’s Bright Future Programme. The Avon Community Help Fund and the Periwinkle Club are this year’s beneficiaries.

Fifteen other charities, both in and out of Georgetown, also earned themselves $1.2 million yesterday. The beneficiaries are: Bartica Lion’s Club, Joshua House, St John Boscoe Orphanage, the Guyana Red Cross Children’s Convalescent Home, the West Demerara Lions Club, the Alpha Children’s Home, the Cancer Society – Berbice Chapter, the Friend’s Primary School, the Children of Promise Eden Orphanage, the Betsy Ground Primary School, Uncle Eddie’s Home, the Ruimveldt Children’s Home, the Guyana Relief Council, the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre, and the Kairuni Women’s Group.


QC boy scores 25 CSEC passes

Michael Bhopaul, 16, doesn’t know if he is this year’s best performer at    the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) Examinations, but with preliminary results showing that he has obtained passes in 25 subjects, he will be hard to top.

By ,

Lusignan prisoners turn over weapons, apologise after unrest

Inmates at the Lusignan Prison turned over 33 improvised weapons yesterday morning to prison authorities, who say that they also apologised to the prison staff for the unrest at the facility on Friday night.

Berbice lawyer arrested after alleged hit and run

Well known Berbice attorney Chandra Sohan was arrested on Friday after he allegedly struck a pedestrian in a hit and run accident along the Williamsburg Public Road.

Linden church leader stages march against homosexuality

For a little more than an hour yesterday, the streets outside the Mackenzie Market rang with the voices of dozens of Linden residents who turned out to support a march against homosexuality.

By ,

Jawalla storm victim identified as pregnant mother of two

The woman killed during the violent storm in Jawalla, Region Seven on Friday, has been identified as a mother of two, who was seven months pregnant.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now