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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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Kiwanis Club of New Kingston wins AMCHAM Civic Leadership Award

Jamaica, along with Nicaragua and Honduras, will benefit from a US$36-million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The announcement was made by Ron McKay, President of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Jamaica at the organisation’s Business and Civic Leaders Awards Dinner at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston last Tuesday night.

“About three months ago USAID approached us and said, ‘Would you be interested in applying for an educational programme that we are funding throughout this region?'” McKay said.

“We are the winners, one of three countries from Latin [America] and the Caribbean, of the USAID regional workforce development programme for US$36 million…between Honduras, Nicaragua and Jamaica,” he announced to loud cheers.

McKay had earlier announced a collaborative initiative between AMCHAM Jamaica and Jamaica Educational Network — a locally based cable network that can be found on Flow and Telstar/Digicel.

“We are going to work on a workforce development programme on Jamaica Educational Television that will not only support your human resources and partners, but will support every single person in Jamaica who is looking for a job and will be staying in Jamaica in the future [to] work and build Jamaica,” AMCHAM Jamaica’s president said.

McKay then asked JPS President and CEO Kelly Tomlin to confirm the mantra of the workforce development programme, to which she replied: “Every job matters!”

“We are going to make sure that we spend all [US]$36 million to create a lot of jobs that matter here in Jamaica, and that means right here in the American Chamber of Commerce and all businesses [represented],” he continued.

Gateway to Cuba and the Caribbean

“We are going to launch, what I’m calling for the first time tonight, CBGI; that’s the Cuban Business Gateway initiative. We are going to take businesses around the Caribbean — our members of AMCHAM — and utilise Jamaica as a gateway for doing business in Cuba…” McKay also stated, capitalising on the announcement as a segue to define AMCHAM Jamaica’s purpose and the opportunities it offers its members.

Prior to the retreat hosted by the United States Embassy earlier this year, AMCHAM board members had agreed to change the way the organisation would engage its members over the next three years, by providing value-added benefits, and to help them deal with the challenges they were facing, McKay explained.

American Billionaire Investor Wesley R. Edens, Principal, Founder and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fortress Investment Group LLC, a US$62 billion alternative asset management, was the keynote speaker at the function.

Edens, whose company is responsible for bringing natural gas to Jamaica , expressed excitement about investing in Jamaica .

Among the winners of awards at the banquet are: Olympics Gold medalist sprinter Ambassador Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce for significant contribution to Brand Jamaica; Kiwanis Club of New Kingston, Civic Leadership Award, small company; SOS Children’s Village, Civic Leadership Award, small company; Jamaica Cancer Society, Civic leadership, large company; HEART Institute of Jamaica, Corporate Social Responsibility, small company; National Commercial Bank, Corporate Social Responsibility, large company; Joseph Matalon, Civic Leadership Award, Individual Category and Father Richard Ryan Holung, Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Awards and Banquet, presented in association with GB ENERGY Texaco began in 2010.

It recognises and celebrates recognition of businesses, individuals and non-profit organizations that have been driving and achieving the economic and social progress in Jamaica through ethical leadership, stewardship, and community building activities.

The president closed by committing himself to the development of each member businesses, which he expressed was the sole purpose of AMCHAM Jamaica’s existence, noting that the organisation is their “passport to growth and prosperity”. With this commitment he also assured member business of access to the AMCHAM network of 28 regional members in the Latin America and Caribbean and 150 countries in which AMCHAM operated, as well as access to Unites States Ambassador Luis Moreno, an honorary chairman of AMCHAM.

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