Asafa gives to KPH

Jamaica Gleaner - - TODAY -

“WE CAN­NOT wait on the Gov­ern­ment or the min­istry to get in­volved and take up this cause. This is some­thing we as Ja­maicans can do, to­day.” Those were Asafa Pow­ell’s words when he launched the #Spread­ABed4KPH crowd­fund­ing cam­paign – an ef­fort to raise money to sat­isfy the Kingston Public Hos­pi­tal’s (KPH) need for bed­sheets.

Spurred on by his brother’s need to re­ceive care at the hos­pi­tal, Pow­ell said at the time that while the doc­tors and nurses pro­vided the very best pos­si­ble care, “they work un­der some re­ally tough con­di­tions”. The need for ba­sic bed­ding was one such con­di­tion.

Through the Asafa Pow­ell Foun­da­tion (APF), the sprinter will hand over $560,000 to­day, which con­sists of funds raised via the trusted crowd­fund­ing plat­form Indiegogo as well as a di­rect do­na­tion from Pow­ell.


KPH, which was founded in 1776, is the largest mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary health in­sti­tu­tion in the English-speak­ing Caribbean. At its peak, the hos­pi­tal han­dles more than 10,000 emer­gency and non-emer­gency cases every week. Each day, more than 500 pa­tients are ad­mit­ted, putting a strain on the hos­pi­tal’s 475 beds. It is a jug­gling act that com­pounds an al­ready un­der­staffed and un­der­equipped fa­cil­ity. In ad­di­tion, the Vic­to­ria Ju­bilee Hos­pi­tal (VJH) is housed on the same cam­pus and faces the same prob­lems. Be­tween KPH and VJH, there is a need for more than 6,000 sheets – with a dire need for 2,000.

“We are happy to be hand­ing this money over, proud that it was raised with the phi­los­o­phy that ‘every mickle mek a muckle’, and hope that the team at KPH and the VJH can utilise it and be­gin to put a dent in the ex­ist­ing need,” said Pow­ell.


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