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Gleaner administrative staff give to Bustamante Hospital for Children

Published:Friday | April 27, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Dr Michelle-Ann Richards Dawson (fourth right), senior medical officer at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, and her team accept a cheque from administrative professionals at The Gleaner Company on behalf of the hospital yesterday afternoon. - Gladstone Taylor/Photographer

It is often said that a warm smile is the universal language of kindness. This warmth resonated as administrative professionals from The Gleaner donated J$50,000 to the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

"Last year, the administrative professionals saw an article in THE STAR about a six-year-old girl who was suffering from cancer, and they decided to help," said Mary Dick, assistant human resource services manager at The Gleaner. "They were very eager and came up with the idea of raising funds to help this young girl. Unfortunately, that girl died. We then decided to dedicate this money to the Bustamante Hospital in aid of the children suffering from cancer."

Dr Michelle-Anne Richards Dawson, senior medical officer at the hospital, acknowledged the donation as an opportunity to form a bond and encouraged others to join the Bustamante family.

"The donation was very important, especially because this was an initiative taken by persons who saw a need to assist children they don't know, and it will go a long way in helping them," Richards Dawson said.

Hopes for increased awareness

Richards Dawson hopes that this donation will increase awareness and sensitise persons about issues faced by the hospital and problems faced by children with cancer.

"The challenges with managing children, especially with cancer, are not limited to the disease itself but other aspects that go towards recovery, such as nutrition, and family support. This will go towards helping any child with cancer who will need assistance."

Anthony Wood, chief executive officer at the hospital, also emphasised the importance of raising awareness within corporate Jamaica.

"It is critical because one of the main problems faced in the treatment for cancer is the shortage of the required equipment," Wood said. "The team was very encouraging and inspiring for us. These are Jamaican people who want to make a difference and it shows that there are really people who do care."