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Paediatric cancer centre on cards for Rotary club

Published:Thursday | July 23, 2015 | 12:00 AM
The Kinlocke family celebrates following the Rotary Club of Kingston’s dinner for the presentation of 2014-2015 awards and the installation of the 2015-2016 president at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel recently. From left are Richard, Shara-Kay, Robert Jr, Beverley, and Robert Kinlocke Snr, president of the Rotary Club of Kingston.
Robert Kinlocke (eighth left), newly installed president of the Rotary Club of Kingston, with his 2015-2016 executive. From left: Noel Osbourne, François St Juste, Michael Buckle, Sixto Coy, Gregory Reid, Linval Freeman, Yasmin Chong, Steven Hudson, Paul Morgan, Alva Wood, Ian Andrews, Ryan Strachan, and Britta Haye.

The new president of the Rotary Club of Kingston, Robert Kinlocke, has committed to establishing of a special paediatric facility at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).

The plan, outlined by Kinlocke, is to "expand, refurbish, and equip an existing room at the Paediatric Ward at UHWI, converting it into an isolation room for children diagnosed with cancer who require special care".

Kinlocke, who was installed at a Rotary dinner at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel recently, said that a personal experience with his son exposed his family to "the dire need for resources to support critical care at the UHWI". He explained: "When the opportunity of service presented itself, it was not difficult to suggest a project which we believe would have a meaningful impact on the delivery of health care."

Typically, each Rotary administration selects and implements a major project in addition to other activities, including health fares, youth leadership programmes, provision of scholarships, assisting the disabled community, and supporting Rotary International's global initiative aimed at eradicating polio, among others.

Pointing to the 2015 theme - chosen by Rotary International President K.R. Davindran - 'Be a Gift to the World', Kinlocke told his guests, "At the end of our lives, no one will remember us for the cars we drove, the clothes we wore, the titles we carried. We will not be admired for the efforts we poured into making our own lives richer or our own status higher. In the end, our worth will be measured not by how much we acquired, but by how much we gave away."