A bright start in life thanks to youngsters

Nicki Liles (left), Saliu and Nickie Baylis

YOUNG cast members of a recent show that raised cash for charity had a chance to meet the beneficiary of their generosity. The actors who featured in Bugsy Malone in March, came together again this week to make a presentation at the Allen Graham Charity Shop in Puerto Pollença.

The presentation was for a young man named Saliu.He came to Mallorca when he was 12-years-old.  He had originally travelled from Senegal to The Canary Islands in a nine hour journey with 90 others.

Saliu explained: “In Senegal there are no rules, children do not have to go to school, and I didn’t realise that life would be so different in Spain.”

On arrival he was taken to a children’s home and went to school. Luckily at 18, he was offered an apartment with the Allen Graham Foundation, which paid for his studies and gave him a living allowance.

The Allen Graham foundation can only offer limited accommodation for over 18s.  Nickie Baylis, who with Nicki Liles produced Bugsy Malone said: “We are delighted that Saliu now has such a bright future. The €600 that was donated by N2 productions today, following the production of Bugsy Malone, along with the €250 donated by NOMADS, will ensure that Saliu is able to learn to drive.

“This is a valuable life skill that will improve his chances of finding work when he has finished his studies”.

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      19 May 2013 • 08:00

      Saliu says the true, because Senegal is a Islamic country, they only forced their children to go to Islamic school, they do not believe in western education, not only Senegal, but also all north Africa countries including northern region of Nigeria, that is the cause of Boko Haram are killing Christians in that country. I am congratulating Saliu for his life that the association as change for him to have access to western education and also thanks the association for the help.


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