Pow­ell spreads love to KPH

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

He said the email was di­rected to par­tic­i­pants who may wish to travel for non-na­tional team events such as se­niors and su­per se­nior cat­e­gories.

“The peo­ple who rep­re­sent their coun­try in the Ho­er­man Cup, there wasn’t a ques­tion of them fund­ing them­selves in the na­tional teams,” he said.

In the past, the JGA cov­ered the ex­penses for all or most of the trav­el­ling team mem­bers.

“The JGA pays, but peo­ple in those cat­e­gories – se­niors and su­per se­niors – may be re­quested to part-fund them­selves. When you add all the other groups, it is quite a large group,” he added.

“The as­so­ci­a­tion stands ready to as­sist with any fundrais­ing ac­tiv­ity un­der­taken by par­tic­i­pants,” Suther­land also noted.

SPRINT­ING SU­PER­STAR Asafa Pow­ell took time to show his hu­man­i­tar­ian side yes­ter­day, do­nat­ing $560,000 to help the Kingston Pub­lic Hospi­tal (KPH) pur­chase much-needed bed sheets.

There has been a re­ported need for more than 6,000 sheets be­tween the KPH and Vic­to­ria Ju­bilee Hospi­tal, with of­fi­cials from the in­sti­tu­tions not­ing that more than 2,000 sets are in dire con­di­tion.

The con­tri­bu­tion was made through for­mer 100m world record holder’s Asafa Pow­ell Foun­da­tion (APF), with Pow­ell him­self hand­ing over the $560,000 raised via an on­line #Spread­ABed4KPH crowd­fund­ing ini­tia­tive.

Funds were raised via Indiegogo, while Pow­ell con­trib­uted part of his per­sonal funds from his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the last Sum­mer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“I am re­ally happy for the op­por­tu­nity to show my sup­port and give back to my coun­try. We started a Spread A Bed fund­ing for the hospi­tal and I said I would match what­ever do­na­tions were made. Some came out of my pocket and some were do­nated from the pub­lic,” Pow­ell told the me­dia be­fore adding that he would con­tinue his ef­forts to raise funds for the KPH and other char­i­ta­ble causes.

“The re­cep­tion I got from peo­ple was re­ally tremen­dous. I think we cut it off a bit early or else it would be even more,” he con­tin­ued.

START OF A RE­LA­TION­SHIP

“We started a re­la­tion­ship here with the hospi­tal, and we’ve been search­ing for a few places that the foun­da­tion would want to take un­der our wings, and I think KPH is one now and it’s the start of a new re­la­tion­ship, and, hope­fully, it can be a yearly thing,” Pow­ell said.

Pow­ell was partly in­spired by a per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence to give back to KPH af­ter his brother (Ri­cardo) re­ceived med­i­cal care there.

“It’s not only about help­ing my brother be­cause he is no longer here. I mean this is where all of Ja­maica comes when they are sick, so I am try­ing to help Ja­maica and try­ing to give back to Ja­maica through this process,” he stressed.

Ruel Rain­ford, deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at KPH, said: “Well, Asafa wishes for it to be spent on linen. We are gonna have an ini­tia­tive to pur­chase some well­needed linen and have them in­stalled on our wards.”

He added: “There is a great need for bed linen due to con­stant leak­ages in the sys­tem ... . Any sup­port in that area is al­ways good and needed.”

KPH will cel­e­brate an­niver­sary on De­cem­ber 14.

Dr Natalie Whylie, se­nior med­i­cal of­fi­cer, ex­pressed grat­i­tude to Pow­ell on be­half of the ad­min­is­tra­tive, med­i­cal, nurs­ing, paramedics staff as well as pa­tients, de­scrib­ing his gift as “timely”. its 240th

RU­DOLPH BROWN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Asafa Pow­ell (cen­tre) presents a cheque to the Kingston Pub­lic Hospi­tal (KPH) with (from left) Dr Natalie Whylie, se­nior med­i­cal of­fi­cer; Went­worth Charles, chair­man of KPH; Debby-Ann McKen­zie-Cookes; Elise Fair­weather Black­wood, act­ing di­rec­tor of nurs­ing ser­vices; Ruel Rain­ford, deputy CEO of KPH; and Hy­acinth Aitken Dou­glas, act­ing deputy di­rec­tor of nurs­ing ser­vices. The pre­sen­ta­tion was made yes­ter­day at the hospi­tal fol­low­ing the Asafa Pow­ell Foun­da­tion's Spread a Bed 4 KPH cam­paign.

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