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ScotiaFoundation assists foreign charity group

Published:Thursday | June 30, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Sharon Small (centre) of the Jamaica Awareness Association of California smiles as she receives a cheque for $300,000 from Scotiabank executives Peta-Gaye Wynter (left) and Simone Walker. Scotiabank, through their foundation, had responded to a request for assistance with the cost of transporting members of the mission team to communities across the island.
Members of the The Jamaica Awareness Association of California team take a break from providing much-needed medical attention.

The ScotiaFoundation has decided to assist the Jamaica Awareness Association of California (JAAC) with the cost of transporting their 46-strong mission team across the island.

The JAAC is a charitable group of medical and educational professionals from across the United States of America, who have donated their time and expertise to offer free services and advice in Jamaica.

The team was here between May 28 and June 3 and comprised nurses, doctors, dentists, educators, technology experts and behavioural therapists, all offering their services and time to some of the most underserved people on the island.

Free medical and dental clinics were done in the St Mary communities of Rock River, Brainerd, Islington, Retreat, and Robin's Bay, and Stewart Town in Trelawny. They also hosted the 12th annual laparoscopic surgery seminar at the Annotto Bay Hospital, and conducted laparoscopic training at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital.

Members also visited various elementary schools in the parish to deliver mathematics, science and reading material, and have adopted and arranged scholarships for grade six students at the Faith Builders Early Childhood Centre in Oracabessa, St Mary, and Buff Bay Primary in Portland. Several educational workshops were also organised.