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Strong support for summer science camp

Published:Monday | August 24, 2015 | 8:00 AM
Dr Guna S. Muppur
Ron McKay
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The inaugural Gift of Knowledge summer science camp targeting primarily rural schools was recently held at the 20-acre property which was formerly the Jockey Factory in Lucea, Hanover.

The theme of the Bioprist-UAB-Cord Summer Science Camp was 'Partnering to Develop Promising Young Scientists Globally by Empowering the Rising Stars with Knowledge'. It started on August 3 and saw one week of intensive training for teachers drawn from St James and Hanover and two weeks for children.

The camp received support from sponsors in corporate Jamaica and the Dr Guna S. Muppuri-led Indies Pharma Jamaica Limited, a 10-year old pharmaceuticals distributor of the Bioprist brand of medicines and its independent affiliate company Bioprist Pharma-ceuticals. It was free to the children who got meals, educational supplies and transportation to the camp daily.

The camp was also one of the group's first efforts to give back to the community.

The idea for the Gift of Knowledge Camp was conceived by Indies Pharma and Bioprist in collaboration with the University of Alabama - UAB at Birmingham Center, Birmingham, Alabama, in the United States, through their community outreach development (UAB-Cord) - CORD Programme along with the kind assistance of Digicel Foundation Jamaica and other sponsors.

American Chamber of Commerce of Jaamaica (AmCham) President Ron McKay in addition to giving full backing to the initiative, delivered the official remarks on behalf of the US Ambassador to Jamaica, Luis Moreno, said, "The inaugural series of these camps conceived by Bioprist Group encapsulates how the private sector, academic institutions and local communities can and should work together. I applaud Guna Muppuri and his team at Bioprist for having the vision and commitment to establish the Bioprist Knowledge Parks in Hanover and St James.

"I welcome my fellow Americans from the University of Alabama at Birmingham to partner in this summer science camp endeavour. And I share my excitement with the people of Lucea and the parish of Hanover, who will benefit from both the Knowledge Park and from this unique summer science camp programme."