(From left) We Care board member, Candis Craig; CEO of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) Anthony Smikle; Matron Gillian Ledgister; Roger Lyn, marketing manager of Rainforest Seafoods; Dr Winston Jadusingh; Denny Chandiram, We Care board member; and Brian Jardim, CEO Rainforest at last week’s cheque handing-over ceremony at the CRH. (PHOTO: PHILP LEMONTE)
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Rainforest Seafoods last week presented the We Care for Cornwall Regional Hospital Foundation with an $8.5 million cheque, representing the proceeds from its annual Rainforest Seafood Festival, held on Ash Wednesday this year.
“… It brings the total over three years to $23 million, raised through this festival and through the continued sponsorship of our sponsors and our valued patrons in western Jamaica. It really makes me proud to see that this has taken on a life of its own with so much help from our Rainforest team,” said Brian Jardim, CEO Rainforest Seafoods, at the handing-over ceremony.
CEO of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) Anthony Smikle, who on behalf of the hospital expressed gratitude for the gift, said the money will go towards funding the purchase of a much needed bronchoscope, which he said is a critical piece of equipment.
“… Again we thank Rainforest and the organisers of the We Care Foundation [who have been] working incessantly to provide us with much needed benefits,” a grateful Smikle said.
For Dr Winston Jadusingh, ENT consultant at the CRH, the acquisition of the set of equipment will primarily save valuable time for patients having to travel the long journey to Kingston for treatment, which will now be available at the institution.
“Now we transport them (patients) to Kingston; the JDF lift takes about 20 minutes to half an hour. So by the time they get to theatre they had already lost about an hour and a half or about two hours. Now think about it; if your child comes in with something blocking the airway you don’t want to lose two hours, do you?
Smikle, meanwhile, said that since its establishment We Care’s generous offerings have proven to be significantly beneficial to the hospital.
The charitable organisation was launched in 2011 by a group of concerned Montego Bay business interested in supporting the hospital.
“The benefits so far have impacted many lives in this part of our mission. Last year’s proceed for example, were used to acquire the ventilator for the nursery. Without that piece of equipment it would be a more problematic setting,” Smikle said.
Meanwhile, Jardim revealed that the sponsorship support for the festival was bolstered this year.
“We had a record number of sponsors this year. We had 26 for the first time with nine as new sponsors. [These are) 26 wonderful sponsors who are all corporate Jamaicans; they came out and gave us a real shot in the arm in western Jamaica,” an elated Jardim said.
Published By: The Observer
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