Rich­mond Hill cou­ple helps Caribbean hos­pi­tals

Richmond Hill Post - - News - — Jes­sica Wei

The Caribbean North Char­i­ties Foun­da­tion (CNCF) was first es­tab­lished in 1998 — un­der the name the Guyana Burn Care Unit — by Rich­mond Hill cou­ple Harry and Pamela Harakh. At the time, their fo­cus was on de­vel­op­ing burn care units across lo­cal pub­lic hos­pi­tals in Guyana, bring­ing over med­i­cal sup­plies and sur­geons to help with skin grafts and cases in­volv­ing cleft lip and palate. Since then, the Harakhs have ex­panded their ar­eas of need to cover poor and dis­abled com­mu­ni­ties across the Caribbean, with oc­ca­sional help from York Re­gional Po­lice, the York Re­gion District School Board, Ry­er­son Univer­sity and other com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Re­cently, they came to the res­cue of a hospi­tal in St. Lu­cia that was burned to the ground.

“That’s a work in progress, but we had dis­cov­ered that the hospi­tal needed an am­bu­lance to trans­port pa­tients to their ter­tiary care hospi­tal,” said Harry Harakh. “We were suc­cess­ful in trans­port­ing an am­bu­lance, do­nated by York Re­gion. This has saved lives. I think there were a few births in there as well.”

On Aug. 25 at the Rich­mond Hill Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, CNCF is throw­ing their sev­enth an­nual fundrais­ing con­cert, show­cas­ing lo­cal ca­lypso and Caribbean per­form­ers.

Harry Harakh

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