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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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“Me Too … – A Sickle Cell Story” is an illustrated story book for children of all ages especially those living with sickle cell disease.   The publication of this book is part of a series of activities designed to support the physical and organizational infrastructure of the Sickle Cell Unit (SCU) and the Sickle Cell Support Club of Jamaica (SCSCJ) and which will dovetail into the Major Project for the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston (KCNK) for administrative year 2014 – 2015.

On Tuesday September 30, 2014 President of the KCNK Rosemarie Henry during a brief ceremony presented the first tranche of 600 books to Dr. Lesley King of the SCU at UWI, Mona in Kingston.   Funds for the research, writing and publication were provided by the Jamaica National Building Society jointly with the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston. Medical staff from the SCU consisting of Dr. Lesley King, Head of Clinical Services, TMRI, Dr. Jennifer Knight Madden, Director SCU, Dr. Angela Rankine Mullings, Nurse Marilyn Grindley and Karen Aldread TCD Technologist co-authored the book and carried out the relevant research which would dictate the scope of the end product.   Graphic illustrations were done by Ms. Stephanie Mullings and Deniane John, medical students at UWI and the layout was done by Arlene John (mother of Deniane John).   Editing was done by Mrs. Claudette Carter, Distinguished President of the KCNK and Project Director, Ministry of Education/USAID Education Partnership for Improved Reading Outcomes.

The purpose of the book is to describe Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and provide tips for children living with the disease as well as their parents/ caregivers and teachers. The content also identifies roles for persons dispensing medical care such as doctors, nurses and technicians and it also offers information on how SCD may impact a child’s daily living, pain, stroke and symptoms associated with SCD. The tips given are not intended to replace any medical advice a patient may receive from his/her doctor.   There are plans afoot to distribute copies of the book initially throughout the entire Jamaica and then to the other Caribbean countries.

Present at the handover were the aforementioned six medical staff from the SCU, President Rosemarie Henry, LG Ralston Nunes, Directors Pamela Lowe, Claudette Walker and Kathleen Beckford, DPs Bridgette Steele and Sharon Williams, 2nd. VP Paulette Kirkland, two sickle cell patients, Tannoya Pinnock and Sahai Simms and their mothers.

Pres. Rosie thanks all persons for their contribution to this project in whatever shape or form and looks forward to their further support in the other aspects of the major project 2013/14.


Contributed by: PD Pam V Lowe, PR Committee

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