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Busy (2020) Helping Hands Foundation starts with St Ann's Bay Hospital

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMDavina Henry
Dancehall Artiste Busy Signal is pictured performing at the LIME Journey to Champs Pre Champs pep rally at Calabar High School
Busy Signal
The entrance of the St Ann's Bay Hospital

Platinum-selling deejay Busy Signal will launch his Busy (2020) Helping Hands Foundation on April 2. The organisation's objective is to implement sustainable programmes that will improve health, education and the standard of living for persons in St Ann.

He said the immediate project is to revamp and re-establish the Imaging and Medical Department of the St Ann's Bay Hospital.

"I was born in that hospital so, after doing our research and surveys, we realised that that part of the island has been somewhat neglected. They really are in need of help. The machines there are oftentimes non-functional and, because it is a farming parish, many persons do not have the resources to visit a private doctor or private hospital," Busy Signal told The Gleaner.

The Busy (2020) Helping Hands Foundation hopes to acquire X-ray, mammography machine and computerised tomography (CT) machines.

"The X-Ray machine is of top priority right now. It's costs about $12 million dollars, so I'll be making a donation and I'll be rendering my talent in the form of shows, and so on, in order to meet this need. We'll also be reaching out to corporate Jamaica and different entities for assistance," Busy Signal stated.

The foundation will be launched at Jewels Dunn's River.

"We are thankful to have the hotel on board. They saw the need and saw the work that we are trying to put in to make this hospital one of the best, in terms of (persons) receiving treatment, in the island. We've invited the mayor of St. Ann, the councillors and the members of parliament," he added.

Busy Signal has a history of giving back to society. In 2007, he teamed up with The STAR for a charity concert at St Jago High School in St Catherine, where he donated a significant amount of money to two students. In 2009, Busy Signal

furnished the computer lab of his alma mater, Brown's Town High ion St Ann, with equipment.

He sees it all as a part of his civic duty.

"I'm just playing my part as a citizen. I've been very blessed and I just want to give back from the blessings I've received," he said.