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Gleaner donates 1 million to UHWI

Published:Monday | October 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer Particpants on the go at the start of the Gleaner 180 5K Run/Walk.

The physiotherapy unit at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) received some much-needed help last week thanks to a $1 million donation from The Gleaner Company Limited.

The donation was based on the proceeds from the Gleaner 180 5k Run/Walk staged last month.

"We strongly believe in a couple of things at the Gleaner, such as education and health. If you notice, our publication has placed emphasis on such sections as far back as we can recall. We have always had a section that deals with health care and education," Nordia Craig, manager of business, development and marketing at The Gleaner, said.

"Certainly developmental goals are always at the forefront of what the Gleaner wants to see happening with Jamaica, because as part of the fabric of the life of the country, we feel it is our duty as corporate citizens to contribute to this," she added.

thankful donation

Dr Yvonne Lowe, director of physiotherapy at the UHWI, was thankful for the donation.

"We really appreciate your contribution. As we all know, one of our goals is the procurement of equipment for our soon-to-be completed department. Also, to procure equipment for the day care and nursery, and for staff development. Hopefully, we can join hands and build on this partnership," she said.

Peter Morris, acting chief executive officer of the UHWI, said the partnership with the Gleaner "means quite a lot".

"It is the way we need to go as we do need help, and we really appreciate the fact that the Gleaner recognised that. We are going to have to turn to other organisations to help us in this way," he said.

"The level of care that we wish to offer and we think we should be offering to the public is a good way to go, it's what we have to do and the commitment of the staff here at the University Hospital speaks to that. That is why we get frustrated when we don't have the things that we need and that will drive us to continue trying," Morris added.