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Primary School Student of the Year First Runner-Up Receives $4,000 Oaktree Medical Center Scholarship

Nassau, THE BAHAMAS - Celebrating top Bahamian primary school scholars for more than twenty years, the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation recently announced its 2020 winners including First Runner-Up Miss Raquell Stuart.

Stuart, an eleven-year old 3.84 GPA holder and Senior Prefect Leader at Queens College received a $4,000 scholarship courtesy of Oaktree Medical Center.

Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation First
Runner-Up Miss Raquell Stuart- Oaktree Medical Center $4,000 scholarship awardee.

Check presentation with proud parents Dr. Sharmaine Stuart Cassius Stuart; Oaktree Medical Center awardee Raquell Stuart; Attorney Tanya Wright, Member, Distinguished Panel of Judge; and Vandyke Pratt, Chairman, Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation.

As a corporate partner, Oaktree Medical Center Director Dr. Don Diego Deveaux expressed his full support of the work being done by the Bahamas PSSOY Foundation and the accolades bestowed upon students shining bright. 

“At Oaktree Medical, we are not only focused on patient care but also the community. We proudly support all students putting their best foot forward especially during this trying time. Education helps to move the country forward, and supporting young people represents our commitment to the next generation of Bahamian leaders. It is our pleasure at Oaktree to be part of a platform which promotes innovation and the advancement of youth.”

Among her many accomplishments, the Oaktree Medical Center scholarship awardee has raised $5,000 for a breast cancer initiative towards the purchase of ports for cancer survivors for chemotherapy. Stuart is also the author of a book soon to be released, “Protect Your Cupcakes – Understanding & Fighting Breast Cancer.”

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UBFIT Celebrates New Corporate Sponsor and ‘Push’ Component for Race 2020

Nassau, THE BAHAMAS - A signature wellness and community engagement effort of University of The Bahamas (UB), the 2020 UBFIT race is expected to be the best one yet, with a new title sponsor on board for the event. 
Oaktree Medical Center is UBFIT’s new title sponsor, with a total $30,000 sponsorship commitment for the next three years, University officials announced on Tuesday, 3rd March at a press conference. The UBFIT Fun Run Walk Bike Skate 5K/10k race will be held on Saturday, 4th April, leaving once again from UB's Oakes Field Campus.

Medical Director of Oaktree Medical Center Dr. Don Diego Deveaux expressed his support for UB and UBFIT as the new title sponsor for the race for a period of three years.
From left: Erin Brown, Director of Disabilities and Compliance, UB; Dino Hernandez, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, UB; Dr. Rodney D. Smith, UB President; Dr. Don D. Deveaux, Medical Director of Oaktree Medical Center; Kandice Eldon, Executive Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, UB, and UBFIT Co-Chair; Inga Bostwick, Assistant Director of Development, UB, and UBFIT Co-chair.

Additionally, this year there is a special invitation for persons to participate in the “push” element of the race. 
UB President Dr. Rodney D. Smith welcomed Oaktree Medical Center’s sponsorship, particularly since the donation comes a few months after Hurricane Dorian devastated the UB-North campus in East Grand Bahama. Funds raised from this year’s event will go towards rebuilding efforts for UB-North, enhancing mobility on UB’s campuses and boosting the Annual Fund for critical programmes across the institution. 
“The generous giving from our donors and friends nationally and abroad remains vital as we continue to recover throughout this process,” said Dr. Smith. “Supporting our signature UBFIT race is one of the ways we can make a difference in the lives of our students, faculty and staff in Grand Bahama while at the same time, meeting our wellness goals.” 
Oaktree Medical Center Director Dr. Don Diego Deveaux noted that he is more than happy to be UBFIT’s title sponsor since the health and education of a nation is its wealth.
“To whom much is given, much is required, and for the Oaktree family the opportunity to partner with University of The Bahamas for UBFIT represents many of the core values we believe in and is picture perfect and timely,” Dr. Deveaux said.  
“We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with University of The Bahamas today and encourage corporate Bahamas to do the same.”
UBFIT has emerged as one of UB’s crucial community building and fundraising initiatives. In its inaugural year, more than 500 people participated, consequently contributing to UB’s Annual Fund and supporting the goal of increased mobility for students with special needs. The event grew from the institution’s annual Health and Safety Week, held under the theme “Fit. Healthy. Safe.”
President Smith noted that UBFIT has seen an increase in anticipation, enthusiasm, and participation each year since its inception in 2017. 

Check presentation with University President Dr. Rodney D. Smith; Vice President, Division of Institutional Advancement, Dino Hernandez; Oaktree Medical Center Medical Director Dr. Don D. Deveaux along with UBFIT Leadership team.

Erin Brown, an amputee who serves as UB’s Disability and Compliance Director, said she is pleased with the addition of the push element to the race because it provides accessibility and accommodations for people with disabilities. 
“Push enables everyone to participate,” said Ms. Brown. “Wheelchair users can propel themselves or have support in being pushed. Adaptive athletes with physical disabilities can participate with accompanied guides or support staff. Push also includes family and friends who would enjoy a push in the strollers or sitting on tandem bikes.”
Dino Hernandez, UB’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement, thanked the various sponsors for their donations since their giving is helping to restore University operations in Grand Bahama.
“The devastation of Hurricane Dorian was immense,” he said. “However, the generosity of so many donors who sprang to the aid of our students and faculty at UB-North was heart-warming.”
UBFIT is made possible by generous public private partnerships, in-kind giving and donor support, and has raised more than $150,000 over the years.
In addition to Oaktree Medical Center, other sponsors include Bahamas Power & Light, Generali Worldwide, Elite Wellness Solutions, JS Johnson, the Walk-In Clinic and Nassau Agencies. Additional corporate support for the event is expected to pour in over the coming weeks. 

Courtesy of Office of University Relations | University of The Bahamas

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