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Kiwanis Club of New Kingston golfs to raise funds for primary education

The Kiwanis Club of New Kingston (KCNK) will host its 18th annual charity golf tournament on November 11 at the Constant Spring Golf and Country Club.

This year’s tournament will be an 18-hole Stableford event, with a start time of 7 a.m. David Mais will be the tournament director.

The theme for 2017 is ‘Tee Off for Charity with KCNK – Taking Primary Education to Higher Heights’. Part proceeds from this year’s tournament will be used to improve the grade proficiency scores in numeracy and literacy at the Rollington Town Primary School.

One of the major thrusts of the Rollington Town Primary School project will be the establishment of a mathematics clinic, with the objective of improving numeracy competency and skill levels from 55-75 per cent to 85 per cent, in keeping with the national target for the education sector.

Golfers wishing to enter the tournament may contact president, Sandra Davis (449-2796), or chairman, Teshena Johnson (513-6042).

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KCNK’s Charity Golf Tournament November 12, 2016

17th KCNK Charity Golf Tournament set for November 12

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Kiwanis Club of New Kingston (KCNK) is a group of professional and businesswomen who came together 27 years ago to give service through the first all-female club in the Kiwanis movement in Jamaica.

KCNK will be hosting its 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the prestigious Constant Spring Golf and Country Club. This year’s tournament will be an 18-hole Stableford Tournament, with a shotgun start at 7:00 am.

The annual charity golf tournament has become a major event on the Jamaica Golf Association’s Calendar and will, once again, feature David Mais as the tournament director. The theme this year is “Tee Off for Charity with KCNK — Follow Through For Kids with Sickle Cell”, and part proceeds from this year’s tournament will be used to support increased awareness and education of this ailment, as well as to improve the lives of those who currently suffer from its impact.

Genetic diseases, especially hereditary blood disorders such as sickle cell disease (SCD) are a significant problem in Jamaica. Every 150 children born in Jamaica will have some form of sickle cell, one in every 300 births will have sickle cell anaemia, and one in 500 births will be a carrier for sickle cell. Furthermore, 15 per cent of the population is at risk for sickle cell disease.

While the condition can be adequately managed and some persons affected by the condition are able to live to their full potential, there is a lack of knowledge about the disease and as a result, considerable stigma and discrimination associated with the condition. Most individuals are unaware that they are carriers for SCD and in turn can therefore pass this condition on to their children, particularly where their partners are also sickle cell carriers.

Lack of adequate funding has prevented sickle cell organisations, such as the Sickle Cell Unit of the University of the West Indies and the Sickle Cell Support Foundation of Jamaica (SCSFJ), from rolling out an effective public education campaign in a more organised and structured way. SCSFJ is in dire need of financial support and manpower to effectively serve the approximate 260,000 persons in Jamaica who are carriers of the sickle cell trait, along with their families. They have had great difficulties raising funds to meet their day-to-day operating costs and maintain their outreach programme to the sickle cell community.

One of the major thrusts of this project by the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston will therefore be to support an increase in the Public Education/Awareness Programme on Sickle Cell Anaemia. KCNK will be working with the Sickle Cell Unit and the SCSFJ to undertake a number of activities including the:

Production and distribution of an illustrated story book for children titled Me Too… A Sickle Cell Story;

Installation of billboards at high visibility points throughout Jamaica;

Production of a public information broadcast programme for airing on television and radio aimed at getting individuals to ascertain their sickle cell status, the general impact and treatment of sickle cell; and hosting of seminars, forums and general presentations across the island, including our schools.

Contact President Paulette at 389-2512 for details….

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Kiwanis Club of New Kingston’s Charity Golf Tournament in Loop News

Kiwanis Club of New Kingston (KCNK) will be hosting its 16th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at the prestigious Caymanas Golf and Country Club.

The annual charity golf tournament has become a major event on the Jamaica Golf Association’s calendar and will, once again feature David Mais as the Tournament Director.

This year’s tournament will be an 18-hole Stableford Tournament, with a shotgun start at 8:30 am, KCNK said in a press release.

The theme this year is “Swing For Life – Follow Through For Kids with Cancer”.  Proceeds from the Tournament will be used for the Club’s charities with a portion of the revenue going towards funding the club’s Major Project for the year 2015-2016 where KCNK will help to contribute to the care of children suffering from Cancer by:

•      Partnering with the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) to help source an Ambulatory Infusion Pump which will enable Chemotherapy treatment for kids with cancer, and

•      Refurbishing an area at the UHWI to accommodate parents whose children are suffering from Cancer and undergoing treatment at the Hospital.

During the last four years, the UHWI has seen some seven to 15 new cases of children with cancer.    For this year, to date, there have been five new cases – a lymphoma, relapsed leukaemia, rhabdomyosarcoma, colon cancer and osteosarcoma.   In 2014, there were seven cases of leukaemia (five lymphoblastic, two myeloid), two lymphomas, two rhabdomyosarcomas, 3three gliomas (brain tumours), and one osteosarcoma.

The average length of stay of these patients varies according to the underlying malignancy – acute lymphoblastic leukemias will stay on average two to three months at the start; myeloid leukemias spend the entire six months as in-patients.

Those with solid tumours tend to come for a course of chemotherapy every three weeks and may spend three to five days at a time.  Neutropenia (low white cell count) is often an issue once chemotherapy has started requiring admission for fevers – generally a week. The age group of these children is generally two to 10 years but there are also a few teenagers, with the Hospital having an age limit of up to 15 years of age.

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