Let’s Rally around Della-Marie Walcott

This is an appeal for all members of the chess community and the general public to come to the assistance of one of our young talented players, Della-Marie Walcott, a 14 yr-old student of St. Joseph’s Convent, Port of Spain.

On December 22, 2015 Della-Marie Walcott had to undergo emergency surgery to remove a cyst and tumor hat developed on her brain stem. Della-Marie, however, still remains in ICU over 27 days later and is currently in a coma. Della-Marie’s mother, Debra, serves as Treasurer of the TTCA. Friends and family, in collaboration with the TTCA will be hosting fund raising ventures in support of Della-Marie and her family. The first initiative is a Curry Q $45 per ticket, redeemable at Hott Shoppe.  For tickets and for any further information please feel free to contact Sonja Johnson, 1st Vice President at 681 1151 or Sandy Razark, Secretary at 683 4439. Alternatively, please email at sonjagia.johnson@gmail.com or srazark@yahoo.com.

An account has been set up for the receipt of donations at Republic Bank Limited. It is 180801224831 -Friends of Della-Marie Walcott.


This is a picture of Della-Marie in Tromso, Norway, where she represented T&T as a member of the Female team for the World Chess Olympiad in 2014.

Della’s cousin, Leyyah Basanta, has also started an online fund via gofundme.com:



We therefore ask for any assistance for Della-Marie and her family and that you keep them in your prayers.

Sonja Johnson

1st Vice President, TTCA

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