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24
Nov
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Oaktree Medical Center Spreads Joy to Children Impacted by COVID-19

$10,000 Donation to Royal Bahamas Police Force National Crime Prevention

Nassau, THE BAHAMAS – “I see the community as our biggest investors and so, like any company, when you have investors, stakeholders, shareholders, there comes a time when you have to pay dividends. As a result, for me, this is just us paying back dividends to the community,” explains Oaktree Medical Center Dr. Don D. Deveaux.

Oaktree, known for its community activism and generosity, recently donated $10,000 to the Royal Bahamas Police Force National Crime Prevention Office for its annual tree lighting ceremony under the theme, “Celebrating the Gift of Peace and Hope” set for 3rd December 2021 at Police Headquarters.

“As a fellow first responder, the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s holiday focus this year celebrates the gifts of peace and hope; the word ‘hope’ stood out to me because during this challenging pandemic, many have lost their lives. These are men and women who risk their lives on a daily basis to save us and to make sure our communities are safe, for us here at Oaktree it is only the right thing to do,” said Dr. Deveaux.

From left: Elizabeth Longley, Director of Human Resources, Oaktree Medical Center; Dr. Don D. Deveaux, Medical Director, Oaktree Medical Center; Superintendent Anthony Rolle, Royal Bahamas Police Force and Director, National Crime Prevention Office.

Thirty-year veteran of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Superintendent Anthony Rolle and Director of the National Crime Prevention Office reflected on the challenging year the country has faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the efforts made by the Force to assist the community.

“Last year, during the pandemic the Commissioner of Police and the team went into communities during the height of the lockdowns when so many persons were in need. Many questioned if this should be done, given the risks but he saw it necessary, as a man with a caring heart. We were able to do several food drives, gave out vouchers and during back to school we were able to hand out school supplies. Thanks to the generosity of corporate Bahamas and tapping into our limited police resources, it really touched the lives of many people. By meeting the needs of the community, it actually helped to reduce crime,” Superintendent Rolle explained.

From left: Elizabeth Longley, Director of Human Resources, Oaktree Medical Center; Dr. Don D. Deveaux, Medical Director, Oaktree Medical Center; Superintendent Anthony Rolle, Royal Bahamas Police Force and Director, National Crime Prevention Office.

Funds donated for this year’s holiday event will directly support and uplift children ages 1-12 of fallen police officers who died as a result of COVID-19. “We've been doing tree lighting for more than 20 years. During this time, we try to cater children in different sectors and for this year, during the pandemic many children were not allowed to come out. Unfortunately, the police force is no exception to the ravages of COVID-19 and sadly several officers passed away over the past two years. As a result, we will focus on the fallen officer’s children,” he explained. The $10,000 donation from Oaktree Medical Center will bring joy to children still in mourning and provide a ray of hope during the holiday season.

“It is important for the Royal Bahamas Police Force to have support from the community and corporate Bahamas as we all have a role to play. The police cannot fight crime on their own and cannot be everywhere and at all times so our crime fighting initiative depends on the support of corporate Bahamas and the Bahamas at large. This donation is going to go a long way and we want to say thank you to Oaktree Medical Center. Dr. Deveaux has such a generous heart and I pray that God will continue to prosper him and the business. We thank Oaktree Medical Center for the continued partnership,” thanked Superintendent Rolle.

About Oaktree Medical Center

Oaktree Medical Center (OMC), a world-class medical facility provides high quality, holistic, patient-centred, affordable medical services in a safe, caring environment. They provide customized care to meet the needs of each patient and health condition. OMC is focused on family values and its doors are open to serve the community.

15
Nov
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Oaktree Medical Center and ShipX Team Up To Support Hands For Hunger

Nassau, THE BAHAMAS – In a 2019, research study by Hands for Hunger (H4H), one in every three people in The Bahamas face some level of food insecurity. These startling statistics also reveal that some may have less than $4.00 a day to spend on food. With thousands of Bahamians still adversely impacted by the economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for food assistance remains dire.

“Canned food drives allow our community partners to see how big of a contribution their donation can actually make. People may think, ‘oh it’s just a few extra cans, what difference can it really make?’ but when you put it in a communal space, you can see how it adds to what someone else has given and it makes a big difference,” explained Hands for Hunger, Executive Director, Keisha Ellis.

Hands for Hunger, Executive Director, Keisha Ellis and Oaktree Medical Center, Director of Human Resources, Elizabeth Longley at the Oaktree Medical Center donation table.

“It is really through these can drives we can give extra special things to persons. To keep in budget at H4H, we do our best to provide the most nutritious foods possible, mainly the basic bread basket items. However, when a person is donating, they can donate their favourite foods for example, like a cereal that a child might like but can never afford to have. These small, thoughtful gestures can really make the difference in a young person’s life.”

As a strong philanthropic leader in the community, Oaktree Medical Center (OMC) is proudly partnering with local shipping company ShipX during the month of November to benefit Hands for Hunger with canned food drives at both facilities.

“At Oaktree Medical Center, we are not only focused on the health of our patients but we are very much involved in building the community,” explained Oaktree Medical Center, Director of Human Resources, Elizabeth Longley. “Our alliance again this year with ShipX demonstrates that we are stronger together. As corporate neighbours, we teamed up to provide aid to those in need. We hope more businesses will do the same.”

ShipX display table is ready to receive canned goods.

ShipX Chief Operating Officer Jesselle Sands and the team eagerly joined forces with Oaktree for the second year to support the community.

“The entire team at ShipX loves the feeling we get when giving back. We always try to do small givebacks within communities, across social platforms and with our clients. We actually partnered with Oaktree last Christmas for a toy drive and were impressed with the turnout so we did not hesitate to contact them again for another collaboration,” expressed Sands.

“We feel that corporate collaborations for such causes have a vast effect within communities. We also believe that it is partly our duty to set this standard and encourage more people to reach out and help those in need.” OMC, ShipX, both company’s staff and the general public will be donating as many canned goods as possible during the next three weeks. Ellis expressed her gratitude for the generosity from corporate Bahamas.

“Oaktree has been a supporter of Hands for Hunger for a while and at the start of the pandemic, the OMC team really stepped up and provided contributions which allowed us to excel during the pandemic. We are also grateful for ShipX partnering with us on this initiative, I am confident we will receive strong support,” she said.

Upon the completion of the canned food drive, Oaktree Medical Center and ShipX staff will engage in a team building competition with H4H to package the donated items. Additionally, on November 26th, the medical facility pledged a $2,500 donation and ShipX will match for a total monetary gift of $5,000 in further aid Hands for Hunger.

The general public is invited to make donations at Oaktree Medical Center and ShipX this month.

About Hands for Hunger

Hands for Hunger is a registered not-for-profit Bahamian charity (#57211C) led by a volunteer Board of Directors, a small staff and fueled by the efforts of over 1,800 dedicated volunteers. Hands For Hunger depends on corporate partners, community/civic groups and the generosity of the Bahamian community to perform its mission.

About Oaktree Medical Center

Oaktree Medical Center (OMC), a world-class medical facility provides high quality, holistic, patient-centred, affordable medical services in a safe, caring environment. They provide customized care to meet the needs of each patient and health condition. OMC is focused on family values and its doors are open to serve the community.

About Shipx Worldwide

Most trusted freight forwarder and custom brokers. A professional, affordable, shipping company that keeps the customer service on the top. They offer faster, reliable service that gives a pleasant customer service experience with quicker delivery to offices, homes or pickup at its locations.

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