By Aubrey Campbell
New York, NY. Saturday, October 6, 2018 –Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), will hand over fifteen (15) more Automated External Defibrillators (AEDS), to schools across the island of Jamaica, at a presentation and training ceremony, set for Friday, October 12, at the JAMPRO Auditorium, 18 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 10.
Schools set to receive units during the four-hour presentation/workshop, scheduled for 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, are: Edwin Allen High, McGrath High, Lacovia High, Oracabessa High, St Mary Technical High, Guy’s Hill High, Titchfield High, Horace Clarke High, Manning’s High, Kemps Hill High, Mile Gully High, Rhodes Hall High, Yallahs High, Cedric Titus High and Godfrey Stewart High.
The schools, all of which are currently involved in the ISSA-organized football competition, will also be presented with first aid kits.
One source familiar with the initiative, said that schools will be grateful for the help as many of them put their student athletes at great risk in the many competitions, oftentimes without so much as a complete first aid kit, not to mention the availability of a first aid unit and the distance to any such facility, should the need arise.
The Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator, Hon. Ruel Reid; the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange and the Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, are expected to attend.
Training and orientation in the use of the life-saving machines during emergencies, will be conducted by TJB’s long-standing resident nurses, Sharon Thompson and Delores McGregor, from the Diaspora Healthcare Sector.
Team Jamaica Bickle began its Defibrillator to Schools Program in 2014, after the passing of student-athlete Cavahn McKenzie of St. Jago High, and has since then donated dozens of units and facilitated several others, with approximately 45 schools benefiting from this important initiative.
In its latest release, posted on its website, www.teamjamaicabickle.org, the organization, best known for its ‘over-the-top’, pioneering support for Jamaican and Caribbean athletes at the annual Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia, since 1994, said that the goal is to outfit each (Jamaican) high school with an AED unit. However, a time-table was not given.
Diaspora entities; Homesmart Realty, Irie Jam360, Jamaica Breezes Restaurant, Sandz Restaurant & Bar, The Door Restaurant, Tower Isles Frozen Foods and local entities, JAMPRO – The government’s trade & invest agency, and The Airports Authority of Jamaica, are among this year’s corporate partners.