Riding for Charity - Jamaica By Bike returns

September 22, 2017

After a one-year hiatus, the Jamaica By Bike Kingston to Negril charity ride is back.

The event aims to raise money for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).

Dr Hyacinth Harding-Goldson, consultant anaesthetist and critical care specialist in the department of anaesthetics at the UHWI, said a defibrillator is the key equipment to be purchased.

The defibrillator is an electrical device that provides a powerful electric shock to the heart through the chest wall or internally, when there is a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm present.

"This piece of equipment is essential in an ICU not only because this is where the sickest patients in the hospital are cared for, but is the ward where these abnormal heart rhythms most commonly occur. A defibrillator is an incredible life-saving machine that can literally save hundreds of lives," said Dr Harding-Goldson.

Conceptualised in 1992, the annual Jamaica By Bike ride takes place during Heroes Weekend, and this year, the participants have up to October 6 to register for the 142-mile trip which begins on Saturday, October 14.

Martin Fong Kong, Jamaica By Bike committee member, said that the event will return to its south coast route.

"At inception, the south coast was the original route but was avoided due to the poor condition of the roads. With current road improvements, we are returning to our roots," he said.

He added: "We do this event for our love of cycling, and we are pleased to be able to make a valuable contribution to the health sector with the support of our sponsors who, through their contributions, help us to touch the lives of some of the most vulnerable in need of medical care."

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