Residents of several communities in Kingston and St. Andrew will have access to free health screening this weekend, courtesy of members of the 2009 Events Management Class at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus, on South Camp Road.
The free health fair, which is being held under the theme: ‘Here to Care – Creating a Healthier You’, will offer blood pressure and blood sugar tests, dental check ups, eye testing, and healthy lifestyle lectures. There will also be free samples of vitamins and minerals for participants.
Speaking at the official launch of the event, at the institution today (March 18), Project Manager, Josiene Nelson, said the health fair is designed to give the students a chance to put into practise, the principles they had learnt on the course and to give back to the communities around the institution.
Guest speaker, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Donna-Marie Rowe, congratulated the students on their enterprise and charity in organising the health fair, and urged them to find a successful mix of events management and communication, as they look to join a very competitive sector.
Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Donna-Marie Rowe (right) addresses students and guests at the project launch of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus’ ‘health fair, Here to Care – Creating a Healthier You’, which was held at the institution on South Camp Road in Kingston on Wednesday (Mar. 18). Mrs. Rowe was the guest speaker. The health fair, which is being staged by the Open Campus’ 2009 Events Management Class, will be held at the institution on Saturday, March 21. The JIS is one of the main sponsors of the event.
“You may become the best events managers in the field, but if you do not have the skills and the vision to communicate what you do, you will not maximise your potential. I am proud to see that many of you who have established careers in other sectors, have chosen to become multi-skilled, because that is the way of the future,” she said.
The health fair will be held on Saturday, March 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the UWI Open Campus, 2A South Camp Road, Kingston 4. There will be 12 doctors on call to deal with queries throughout the day, and all services will be entirely free of cost.
The event, which is co-sponsored by the JIS, is fully endorsed by the UWI. Other sponsors include Jamaica National Building Society, Mega Mart and Juici Patties.
The 2009 Events Management Class is comprised of 35 students and is the largest cohort since the course was introduced two years ago. There have been nearly 200 graduates to date.