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Smoker 2014 Gives Back

Published:Monday | April 27, 2015 | 12:00 AM

JASMIN RICKETTS Campbell, chief executive officer at the Port Antonio Hospital in Portland, was overjoyed when she received a donation of $2 million from the University of the West Indies (UWI) medical and dental students following Smoker 2014.

Smoker is a play put on by third-year medical and dental students which last year raised $2.4 million, following the class of 2017 presentation dubbed 'Mai Scheme'.

The Jamaica Society for the Blind also received $350,000, while the UWI Medical Department of Social Work got $50,000.

"The hospital doesn't have all the services that are offered at the other hospitals in the Corporate Area and so this compounds some of the challenges we face. With most deep appreciation, we thank the medical students for this timely donation," Campbell said.

The hospital also received two electrocardiogram (ECG) machines, a cardiac monitor and a defibrillator.

Maureen Little, who represented the UWI Medical Department of Social Work, also noted that the donation was timely and will go a far way in filling some of the gaps that exist.

"Donations like these always go a far way. Unlike many of us who can urinate whenever we find it suitable, we have patients who can't pass even one drop of urine. This money will go towards helping one such patient," she said.

"There are also a few medical students who are very poor and hungry and so there is a student who will be sitting his final exams, but is finding it very difficult and part of this money will also go towards that. We are extremely grateful," Little said.

Honoured to donate

Chairperson for Smoker 2014, Shanelle Reid, told The Gleaner that it was an honour to give back.

"We just don't want to have a title saying that we are medical students, we really wanted to make a difference. The people who we treat are part of a community...," Reid said.

"The social work department help some of our very own students sometimes. Medical school can be very challenging sometimes and so we want to be there for each other," she noted.

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