To appear on TV fund raisers
By Sean Devers
National Featherweight and Lightweight Champion, Clive Atwell, also holds the WBC CABOFE Super
Lightweight and Featherweight titles. The 27-year-old Atwell fainted at the Giftland Mall on October 24 during the ninth round of his WBC FECARBOX Lightweight title fight against fellow Guyanese Dexter Gonzales and now needs $5Million for a second ‘corrective’ surgery to be done in Trinidad after a life saving emergency surgery was performed on the night of the fight.
A press conference was held yesterday at the Ministry Public Health and hosted by Dr Karen Cummings, the Minister within that Ministry and Director of Sports Chris Jones, to address the Clive Atwell issue.
It was decided at that meeting that the Boxer would travel to Trinidad to do the surgery since it was unclear when the equipment to for the Operation would arrive in Guyana and Atwell was uncomfortable with the concept of being the first to undergo such a procedure in Guyana.
Atwell was also told to send a request letter to Minister Cummings seeking Government’s assistance, which he did on Thursday.
Yesterday Atwell was notified that Government had approved $1Million towards his expenses.
Atwell is a humanitarian and functions as a Local Preacher with the Methodist church in the Caribbean and Americas, operating out of the Guyana District and Dominica Circuit.
He says that his Church has contributed $500,000 and in addition to Government’s funding many others are already starting contribute.
“Since the story broke on Thursday many as far as New York have been calling to see how they can help me and in that short time I have received close to $2Million with the Government and my Church being the most so far.” Atwell, a father of a 2 year old son, said.
Atwell has not qualified for the $1Million NIS contributes to persons in his condition since he has not paid enough contributions.
Atwell needs just over $3Millon more in order to complete his second surgery at a time when he is still suffering from seizures, pain in his left leg and to his brain at the sound of load music.
Atwell is set to appear on Max Massiah’s Maximum Sports on NCN on Friday, while other TV Stations including NCN are planning telethons for him in the coming days.
Atwell can be contacted on telephone number 642-9961 and has opened an account at Republic Bank number 242-970.2 for fans and well wishers to make contributions.
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