Safa spreads love to KPH

The Star (Jamaica) - - FRONT PAGE - SHAYNE FAIRMAN STAR Writer

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 linen bed sheets.

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

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

“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 will 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.

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.

Mean­while, 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 well needed 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.”

Of­fi­cials (from left): Den­zil Wilks (gen­eral man­ager, Sports De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion); Bryan In­gle­ton of Pave­com; By­ron Bach­e­lor (ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber, RuJohn Foun­da­tion); Dave Myrie (head­mas­ter, Kingston Col­lege); Dr War­ren Blake (pres­i­dent, JAAA); In­grid Bach­e­lor (ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber, RuJohn Foun­da­tion); Michael Vac­cianna (chair­man, Kingston Col­lege School Board); and Christina Bach­e­lor (pres­i­dent, RuJohn Foun­da­tion) take part in a ground-break­ing cer­e­mony for Kingston Col­lege’s syn­thetic run­ning track yes­ter­day.

RU­DOLPH BROWN

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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