15 Ja high schools to receive defibrillators courtesy of Team Jamaica Bickle
In the wake of the tragic passing of young footballer Dominic James, student of St George's College, Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) has announced an immediate donation of 15 automated external devices (AEDS) to schools across the island. The official presentation and training will take place on Friday, October 14, at JAMPRO, 18 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 10.
The Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid, executives of ISSA, principals, and sports department heads of the recipient schools, as well as representatives of the National Parent Teachers Association are expected to be in attendance.
TRAINING AND SUPPORT
Training will be conducted by experts from the Diaspora Healthcare Sector. The organisation has also partnered with the Jamaica Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, based at the University of the West Indies, who will provide on going training and support to recipient schools.
"We were in the process of sourcing defibrillators to present at a later date, but in light of the recent tragedy, we've decided to accelerate the handover to these schools," said Irwine Clare, chief executive officer and founder of the organisation.
Team Jamaica Bickle began its 'Defibrillator to Schools Programme' in 2014 after the sudden death of athlete Cavahn McKenzie at a cross-country meet in Trinidad & Tobago. That same year, St Jago High were presented with an AED unit in his honour at the Penn Relays. A medical area was also set up in tribute to McKenzie with Health Care Practitioners ,led by the Jamaica Nurses Group of New York, providing training in first aid and CPR to athletes.
Since then, TJB has held training sessions, partnering with Jamaicans Abroad Helping Jamaicans at Home (JAH JAH) Foundation to provide free base line heart tests to some 100 students and presented another five units to the following schools: Cornwall College, Petersfield High, Green Island High, Vere Technical and G. C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport.
It's the organisation's goal to outfit each high school with an AED unit.