Top artists rally for renal foundation
Keisha Hill, Gleaner Writer
Several of the island's leading artists and sculptors will be auctioning their work at the Jamaica Medical Foundation (JMF) Wine and Cheese Party, in support of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Renal Foundation.
The event is set to get underway at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Constant Spring Golf Club, St Andrew.
Those already confirmed for the auction include: Barrington Watson, George Rodney, Gene Pearson, Mazola, Dorothy Henriques-Wells, Ken Spencer and Alexander Cooper.
Michael Fraser, president of the JMF says many persons diagnosed with chronic kidney disease cannot afford to seek medical attention.
"Many persons have to do two to three dialysis treatment per week, costing as much as $120,000 per month. Many persons do not have the money and they end up dying. A little help is better than no help so I believe this venture can make a difference," Fraser said.
At the last fundraiser the organisation raised just over $1 million that was used to help with the purchase of a dialysis machine.
There are about 800 persons per million population in Jamaica with chronic kidney disease. This number can go up to 1,500 per million population in persons above 70 years of age.
"The demand for dialysis outstrips the supply and there is a great need for private assistance to help with the shortage of supply," Fraser said.
Tickets are available at MaxBrown Limited, The Manor Collection Salon, Insurance Association of Jamaica, CannonBall Café, Uncorked Limited and at the gate on the evening of the function.