Cool Riderz receive US$600 in Back to School supplies
July 17, 2009
Cool Riderz receive US$600 in Back to School supplies


The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Nurses Assn of NY Inc. collaborated with the Caribbean Nurses Association – Bronx, Manhattan, and Westchester chapter in a humanitarian visit to St. Vincent and the Grenadines during the week of July 1-9th.{{more}}

The nurses were hosted by the local SVG Assn. and participated jointly in a week of activities, including visits to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital and the Lewis Punnet Home, the Biabou and Georgetown clinics, in addition to the Georgetown Hospital.

An all day conference was conducted on Friday 3rd at the Division of Nursing Education of the SVG Community College, hosted and chaired by nursing students and attended by staff and managerial nurses. Issues presented and explored were Communication, Clinical documentation, Electronic Medical Records, Stress and Customer Service.

On Sunday, the nurses fellowshipped at the St. George’s Cathedral, followed by an awards luncheon at the Knowledge Institute and Conference Center. An award for outstanding Nursing Contribution was presented to Elma Dougan; outstanding Community Service awards were presented to Jackie Browne-King, Soroptomist International, and Susan Rickman- International Hospital for Children for their contributions to the SVG community. The luncheon was attended by many friends and supporters.

A handing over of approximately US$600 of back to school supplies was presented to Jackie Brown-King of the Cool Riderz bicycle club by Clari Gilbert RN, President of the SVG Nurses Assn. of NY Inc. This is the second year that the organization has supported this venture.

This back to school activity is an annual event of the Cool Riderz Motorcycle Club. It is the second largest event on the Club’s activity schedule. This event involves the island wide distribution of school supplies to Vincentian children. It is an anticipated event by the children, one which takes a lot of effort from club members, as it relates to organizing and executing, but one which is nevertheless rewarding .

Carnival Tuesday, the nurses set up their tables in the market square, conducted individual health teaching on HIV prevention, distributed condoms, health literature on cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, domestic violence prevention and flu prevention, among others. They were able to observe some of the cultural activities of the carnival event that has become the stellar event for the Caribbean.

The nurses left on Wednesday, exhausted but contented for an enjoyable time and the Mission of “Together we can make a Difference” accomplished.