Sunday 17 November, 2019

Kiwanis group delivers care packages to children living with cancer

Members of the Kiwanis Club of St Andrew, led by president Marie Brown; staff the Bustamante Hospital and members of the Alvernia Preparatory School Builder’s Club during the recent handover.

Members of the Kiwanis Club of St Andrew, led by president Marie Brown; staff the Bustamante Hospital and members of the Alvernia Preparatory School Builder’s Club during the recent handover.

The Kiwanis Club of West St Andrew, in collaboration with some staff members of the Auditor General’s Department and a few well-wishers, recently donated 74 personal care packages to children afflicted by cancer at the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

The items, which included variety of toiletries, along with reading books and colouring materials, were received by the oncology unit which facilitates the treatment of the children.

The Kiwanians were joined by students of the Alvernia Preparatory School Builder’s Club, who ably assisted with the lively group and one-on-one story-telling, reading sessions with some of the kids. 

The Alvernia Preparatory Builder’s Club is a student-led club for students ages 11-14 and is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of West St Andrew to teach leadership and life skills through the children’s service to school and community. 

From left:  Kiwanis Club of West St. Andrew (KCWSA) Public  Relations Chairman Marshalyn Rose, Bustamante Hospital for Children CEO Camille Wallen  Panton, KCWSA President  Marie Brown, Data Manager in the Oncology Unit at the Bustamante Hospital for Children Sabrina Beeput, and  KCWSA  Young Priority One Director Ionie Henry pose beside a few of the personal care items which were handed over.

Newly elected President of the Kiwanis Club of West St Andrew, Marie Brown expressed gratitude to charity-minded staff of the Auditor General’s Department and other well-wishers whose contribution in cash and kind brought the project to fruition.

“The Kiwanis Club of West St Andrew’s key mission is to advance the well-being of children in a practical a way. So we need more partnerships like these with those who have a big and sincere heart for children. We are grateful for all the contributors who helped out in reaching out today to our precious little ones battling cancer,” she shared.

The Kiwanis Club of West St Andrew forms part of Division 23 Central in the Eastern Canada and the Caribbean district of Kiwanis International.

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