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  • The New Jersey-based Help Jamaica Medical Mission (JaMM) will be staging its annual black tie event this Saturday, November 9.
  • Help JaMM conducted a successful mission in September where more than 1,000 persons were seen and treated over two-weeks.
  • About US$80,000 in medical supplies were donated to the mission.

The New Jersey-based Help Jamaica Medical Mission (JaMM) will be staging its annual black tie event this Saturday, November 9, aimed at raising funds for its yearly medical mission to Jamaica next September.

Jamaica’s Consul General to New York, Herman Lamont, will deliver the keynote address at the event, which is slated for the Rich Field Regency in Verona, New Jersey.

According to the President of Help JaMM, Dr. Rudolph Willis, the black tie affair is an important event, which the organisation relies on to raise funds to offset the cost of its yearly mission to the island.

Help JaMM conducted a successful mission in September where more than 1,000 persons were seen and treated over a two-week period.

Clinics were held at the Tivoli Gardens Community Centre, the Greenwich Town Seventh Day Adventist Church, the Oak Glade Health Centre and the Port Royal Health Centre in Kingston; the Spanish Town Health Centre, Watermount Health Centre, Linstead Hospital, and Aenon Town Health Centre in St. Catherine.

Dr. Willis said that about US$80,000 in medical supplies were donated to the mission. He said that the spirit of volunteerism is one of the key factors that make the yearly mission to Jamaica possible.

He pointed out that the members dedicate their time to raise funds in order to provide and administer medications and medical supplies, as well as to offer medical services free of charge, to those who are least able to pay.

In addition to helping the less fortunate in Jamaica, Dr. Willis said the staging of the medical mission also provides the doctors and other professionals the opportunity to give back to the country while helping to support and strengthen the health sector.

“Every individual deserves a chance regardless of financial and social status. It is for that reason everyone on board remains enthusiastic and excited about playing an active role in providing medical attention to the underserved in Jamaica,” he stated.

One of the features of the annual black tie event is the presentation of awards.

This year the Community Service award will go to Attorney, Keith Kinard; the Leadership award to Dr. Valentine Burroughs; while the Humanitarian award will be presented to President of the Jamaica American Bar Association’s North East Chapter, Attorney Joan Pinnock.

Help JaMM is the medical arm of the National Association of Jamaica and Supportive Organizations (NAJASO).

It was founded by a group of medical and other professionals, who are dedicated to providing healthcare to Jamaican nationals.