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KFC Gives Away $400,000 Tuition to a UWI, Mona Student!

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KFC Jamaica’s BBQ Zinger
As of October 17th this year, KFC Jamaica crowned The University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI, Mona) as the ‘Zinger Capital of Jamaica’ due to them having the most Zinger Sandwiches sold in the local restaurant network over the past few years. 

Why is the Zinger Sandwich so popular amongst UWI students?

KFC Jamaica believes that Zinger Sandwiches are a convenient choice for young adults and that they get overall satisfaction for its amazing taste and flavour with choices of Hot n’ Spicy, BBQ or the Western Zinger.

UWI Students have expressed appreciation for the Sandwich’s real ingredients, that is, the fact that it is made of 100% real Chicken with fresh Vegetables topped off with melted Cheese that gives it more flavour.

How did KFC UWI show their Appreciation for the Support of the UWI Community?

For a limited time only during KFC Jamaica’s Zinger Promotional period, they upsized Fries and Drinks at certain times and gave away free Zingers on a Friday along with the purchase of a Zinger combo!

KFC decided to show their appreciation even further by awarding a Student with Free Zingers for an entire year after purchasing a Zinger and entering a raffle.

Congratulations to Satina Edwards  who won Free Zingers for a Year!

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How did KFC give away $400,000 Tuition to a UWI Student?!

Suga has endorsed the fact that KFC has recognized that many students on Campus face financial challenges, so they decided to offer assistance towards their education.

They ran a Social Media Competition via Instagram for their UWI Mona Zinger lovers to rap about the KFC Zinger, shortlisted entries to 10 Finalists and then the Winner with the most likes by November 1, 2017, Kemar DaCosta  received a $400,000 Tuition Grant courtesy of KFC Jamaica!

Congratulations to Kemar DaCosta, Winner of the #ForMyZingerChallenge and a $400,000 Tuition Grant!

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Kemar DaCosta, student of UWI, Mona rose to the top of the #ForMyZingerChallenge and topped up his UWI, Mona Tuition account with $400,000JMD!

Check out the Talented, Entertaining Videos here for the UWI Mona Finalists on Instagram, @kfcjamaica by clicking on the hashtag,   #ForMyZingerChallenge .

Kudus to KFC Jamaica for helping to Build a Brighter Future for our Children through Education, thus Building a Better Jamaica and Congratulations to UWI Mona, the Zinger Capital of Jamaica!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Be Rotary’s Guest at Breakfast with a Purpose Tomorrow

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The Rotary Clubs of New Kingston and Portmore will be hosting a Breakfast Fundraiser tomorrow morning on World Polio Day at 7:45am. Breakfast will be at the Altamont Court Hotel.

The asking Contribution is $2500.00 and Proceeds will go towards the Fight to End Polio.

Have Breakfast with a Purpose tomorrow and Enjoy your Day!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Have Fun Playing Golf for Charity Tomorrow!

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If you aren’t Spinning for Breast Cancer at Pedal and Wheel or doing Yoga in the Hills tomorrow, come on out to Play in Phoenix Lodge’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Constant Spring Golf Club!

You can play, have fun and win lots of prizes. But most importantly, you will be contributing funds to the National Children’s Home, Port Royal Basic School, Port Royal Scholarship Fund and the Caribbean Maritime Institute Scholarships.

Please Support and make this a memorable event.

For more information:

Ph: 876-381-5035

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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GW Art Delivers for a Lupus Warrior

Lupus is an autoimmune disease, meaning the body attacks itself.

It is a disease of flares and remissions involving issues with mainly the joints, skin and kidneys. My client, who I also went to University with, Danelle Pinnock, has been battling Lupus for 5 years and is currently experiencing a flare-up.

She called upon GW Art to do a commissioned piece for her. The small, canvassed, wall art was to depict Jesus surrounded by purple butterflies. Purple is the colour that symbolises Lupus Awareness. October is Lupus Awareness month as well.

I am happy that I fulfilled Danelle’s vision and request. She felt truly blessed by her GW Art piece and dedicated it to all Lupus warriors, stating, ‘Your restoration is found in Christ’.

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GW Art’s (8*10)” Acrylic on Canvas Wall Art commemorating Lupus Awareness Month

Although I have helped to uplift her spirits on the UHWI ward, Danelle’s Lupus condition has developed in a way that causes various complications leaving her in a state where she needs constant care and very expensive medication. Please check the link below to view her story. She would greatly appreciate any assistance she could get, whether monetary or simply just your prayers.

Help Danelle Pinnock’s fight against Lupus | Medical Expenses – YouCaring

https://www.youcaring.com/danellepinnock-898698

In recognition of Lupus Awareness month, here are also some facts about Lupus from Cleveland Clinic, including some that you may not know:

1. Lupus affects nine times more women than men, and more women of color than white women.
Women of childbearing age (13 to 49) are far more likely to be affected.
Genetics also plays a role.

2. Lupus symptoms can differ greatly from person to person. Some symptoms are common to other conditions, which can make diagnosis difficult.

Common Lupus symptoms include:

● Constant fatigue (often misdiagnosed for iron deficiency)
● Achy joints
● A butterfly shaped rash around the cheeks and nose (Often treated by a dermatologist as a skin issue only)
● Hair loss
● Blood clots
● Sensitivity to light
● Chest pain when breathing
● Mouth sores
● Swelling in the extremities or around the eyes (Often misdiagnosed as a circulatory problem or kidney condition)

3. Lupus is a disease of flares and remissions.

Lupus flare-ups can be mild, or they can be severe. At least 75% of people with Lupus have arthritis and skin rashes. Half have kidney problems often shown with swollen feet/ankles. Lupus patients are also more vulnerable to infection than most people.

4. Diagnosis begins with a simple blood test.

An anti-nuclear antibody (ANA) blood test can be ordered upon suspicion. A negative ANA test result usually rules out Lupus.
***ANA test results will come back positive in virtually everyone with Lupus. However, some people will have a positive result even though they do not have Lupus. When the test comes back positive, other criteria have to be examined.

In those cases, the patient’s symptoms are usually compared with a list of 11 criteria for Lupus. If they meet four or more of the criteria, they are usually diagnosed with Lupus.

5. Treatment depends on the type of flare-ups experienced.

Mild swelling and joint pain may be treated with acetaminophen or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen.

Plaquenil, an anti-malarial drug that treats skin rashes, arthritis, and sometimes fatigue.

Rashes may be treated with topical steroid creams and corticosteroids, while immuno-suppressants treat serious kidney problems.

Diagnosis and treatment of Lupus keeps getting better.

Many persons with Lupus have a mild form. Proper medication can help persons with severe Lupus control their flare-ups and live productive lives.

***Stay tuned for tips on how YOGA can help persons with Lupus***

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Participate in the Pacers Charity Run in Aid of the JCPD on Saturday, October 21!

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Run for Charity on Saturday, October 21 in the Pacers Running Club’s Charity Run. You can also use it as preparation for the Reggae Marathon coming up at Long Bay Beach Park, Negril on December 2!

Venue: Hope Gardens

Arrival Time: 4:15am

Start Time: 4:30am

Registration Cost before Oct. 16: $1500JMD; $2000JMD afterwards*

*REGISTRATION CLOSES on October 20, but it is best to Register Early so Pacers can prepare better for you!

This year’s Proceeds are in Aid of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD).

To Register and For More Information:

Website: http://www.pushitja.com

***Click on the Events tab, then Pacers Run***

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund for Our Island Neighbours

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Information to Send Monetary Donations to the Recovery Fund. ***Note that there is now a direct link to Paypal on the website

The Rotary District 7020 Disaster Team has opened a Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund for the Caribbean Islands affected by the devastating Hurricane Irma.

Rotary is a non-profit organization and District 7020 consists of different territories in the Caribbean such as St. Martin, St. Maarten, Turks and Caicos Islands, Haiti, Jamaica, USVI, BVI, Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Anguilla. All territories are like a family to each other and for many years have worked together to help improve communities and assist less fortunate persons globally.

As a past Rotaractor, I am happy that my friends are alive and safe but I am truly saddened by the devastation that Hurricane Irma has caused to their homes and the Islands in general.

Within the District it seems that St. Martin, St. Maarten, BVI, USVI and the Turks and Caicos Islands have been struck the worse.

Six schools have been totalled in the BVI, so the Ministry of Education and Culture is considering to reopen under a shift system.

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Destroyed Schools in the BVI

Many roofs have been taken off of the homes and buildings in St. Maarten, St. Martin, BVI and USVI.

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Properties Destroyed by Hurricane Irma in St. Maarten, BVI and USVI

The Islanders are trying to be positive and have been working hard to help their Islands rebuild. Digicel Jamaica and other Organizations have sent supplies of water and more to the Islands to give persons in communities and some supermarkets were just able to reopen.

Monetary aid is needed most at the moment though, for persons to have a roof over their head and more.

Please assist our Caribbean neighbours as much as you can in their time of need and help them to rebuild. One Love.

Please click on the link below or you can see the information how you can send funds above (N.B. There is now a direct link to Paypal on the website to make things easier):

http://7020.org/50041/Page/Show?ClassCode=Page&Slug=hurricane-irma-recovery-fund

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By: Gabrielle Burgess

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How You Can Help Our Island Neighbours!

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The Rotary District 7020 Disaster Team has met to coordinate relief efforts to help their friends affected by Hurricane Irma.

Rotary is a non-profit organization and District 7020 consists of different territories in the Caribbean such as St. Martin, St. Maarten, Turks and Caicos Islands, Haiti, Jamaica, USVI, BVI, Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Anguilla. All territories are like a family to each other and for many years have worked together to help communities and less fortunate persons globally.

As a past Rotaractor, I am happy that my friends are alive and safe but I am truly saddened by the devastation that Hurricane Irma has caused to their homes and the Islands in general.

Within the District it seems that St. Martin, St. Maarten, BVI and USVI have been struck the worse.

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Scenes of devastation in St. Martin, St. Maarten and the BVI

I am sure the Rotary District 7020 Disaster Team has assessed the priority of help needed and will donate contributions respectively.

Please assist our Caribbean neighbours as much as you can in their time of need and help them to rebuild. One Love.

Please click on the link below or you can see the information how you can help here:

http://7020.org/50041/Page/Show?ClassCode=Page&Slug=hurricane-irma-recovery-fund

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By: Gabrielle Burgess

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