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The Cornwall Regional and Port Antonio Hospitals will benefit from the more than Cdn$20,000 raised by the first Jamaican Charity Ball, which was held recently at the Donalda Golf and Country Club, in Toronto, Canada.
Held under the distinguished patronage of Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, Anne-Marie Bonner, the event was organised by the newly formed Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation.
Ms. Bonner explained to patrons that the Foundation was been established to raise funds for worthy causes in Jamaica.
“This year we are supporting the Cornwall Regional and Port Antonio Hospitals. I know there are many organisations already working hard to give support to hospitals in Jamaica – donating beds, wheelchairs and medical equipment so that they can provide good health service. The objective is to complement existing organisations and continue to support the hospital, for the need is great.”
Ms. Bonner indicated that the Port Antonio Hospital needs a multifunction vital signs monitor, a pediatric oxygen saturation machine and a plastic humidifying tent, while the Cornwall Regional Hospital needs a refrigerated centrifuge and a pathology microscope.”We have a generous, loving and caring community. Your generosity will help them realize these critical pieces of equipment,” the Consul General told the gathering.
She informed that next year aid would be given to other areas of the health sector or “it may be in the education sector.”
Patrons were able to bid on more than 22 items, ranging from accommodations at some of Jamaica’s prestigious resorts, to a tour of Sly and Robbie’s studio and a collection of reggae compact discs. A very happy Suzanne Amos-Kinsella won the gate prize of two first-class Air Jamaica tickets.