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Golfers earn over $2m for Cornwall Regional Hospital

BY PAUL A REID
Observer Writer

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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ROSE HALL, St James — Saturday's Half Moon Charity Golf event in aid of Cornwall Regional Hospital proved to be a “win win” says Kevyn Cunningham, the resort's director of golf as the charity event surpassed its $2-million target.

The tournament that was held during the 65th anniversary of the hotel raised $2,196, 875 for the health facility, that according to Senior Medical Officer Dr Derrick Harvey, “is always in need of help”.

Over 25 sponsors, including the Jamaica Observer and teams, helped to raise the funds in what Cunningham described as “a win win situation where everybody gets to have a great day playing golf”.

The event, put together Cunningham, was played on a 'shot gun' format that saw teams of four players, all amateurs, playing the best ball, that is after all four have teed off, then they would play the ball closest to the pin until the ball went into the hole on the green.

The Professional Eyecare team, which totalled 13 under par, won the team event, followed by Scotia Bank and Rose Hall Developments in that order.

There were also prizes for longest drive on the 18th hole for men and on the 10th for women, nearest to the pin on the 14th hole for men and on the seventh hole for women.

Harvey said while on most occasions a specific need would have been identified to be purchased or the funds would go towards, there have not been any decision taken on what the funds raised would be spent which could either be the nursery or orthopaedics.

“The latest gift that we got was a brand new operating table, so I can say this will go towards something which is quite specifical either towards the nursery where the newborns are or it could go towards orthopaedics,” he said.

“There will be some discussions because currently one of the big needs that we have is what we call a C-arm, a special X-ray machine which is shaped like the letter C which you can use during an operation to do the Xrays and it cost somewhere in the region of about $20 million, so I know that has been something that we have been looking at (as well),” Harvey added.

He noted that the regional health facility was “always in need of things like vital monitors and the nursery, for example, has needs and over the years”.

“What has happened is that whenever we have various sponsors or agencies coming in to assist the need is identified specifically for life saving areas. We have used operating tables in the past, in the nurseries we have got incubators for the babies, and in the operating theatre, we have anaesthetic machines, life saving physiological monitors, the needs are identified for the each area and sometimes they go towards a specific item or it may contribute towards it,” Harbvey explained.


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