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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.

05
Apr
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Transformative Power of Education and Affirmation - Oaktree Supports Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards

Nassau, THE BAHAMAS – “The prize at that time was an ice cream cake, trophy and a medal,” recalled the 1998 St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School nominee and 4th runner up of the prestigious Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year (BPSSY) Foundation award Mrs. Stankisha Pinder. “Words cannot truly express how proud I felt at that age, I was so excited to just be acknowledged.”

Twenty-five years later, Pinder serves as the Vice President of Communications for the BPSSY Foundation and recently appointed Foundation Board of Directors. She, like hundreds of past nominees demonstrate how the transformative power of education and positive affirmation can reap long-term benefits for students. “To now be part of this great foundation and see its progression over the years is heart-warming. The growth is evident, students are now eligible to receive a scholarship or even a laptop,” explained Pinder.

In partnership with the Nassau Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council, the BPSSY Foundation has awarded more than $1.9 million in scholarship and prizes to over 2,800 primary school students. In January, pursuant to the 2019 Non-Profit Organizations Act, the BPSSY Foundation received its Certificate of Registration as a duly registered Non-Profit Organization in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The growth and success of the foundation, according to Dr. Ricardo Deveaux, BPSSY Foundation President & CEO is directly tied to continued, strong partnerships with corporate Bahamas including its relationship with Oaktree Medical Center.

From left: Dr. Don D. Deveaux, Medical Director, Oaktree Medical Center; Mrs. Elizabeth Longley, Human Resources Director, Oaktree Medical Center; Dr. Ricardo P. Deveaux, President and CEO, Bahamas Primary School

“Looking back over these twenty-five years, I am very thankful that we have maintained momentum and advanced the foundation through strong partners with community leaders like Dr. Don Deveaux and Kristi Deveaux of Oaktree who, have again joined us as the second highest sponsor. Their contribution positively impacts the lives of young people in this nation, who might not otherwise be recognized and saluted,” expressed CEO Deveaux.

Focused on family values, while providing shade for the community, Oaktree Center Medical Director Dr. Don D. Deveaux lauded the organizers of the BPSSY Foundation for the work they are doing to consistently uplift young, well-rounded students.

“I remember first hearing about this programme in the late 90’s and thought it was a brilliant concept to take time out to shine a light on amazing young children trying to make something of themselves. Here at Oaktree, we are doing our best to give back to the community, this is one sure way to uplift and support Bahamian students. The question Mrs. Deveaux and I often ask ourselves is, ‘if we don’t do it, who is going to do it?’ We want to be a spark which will encourage others to support the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation and other organizations doing great work in our community,” explained Dr. Deveaux.

A cheque for $10,000 was recently donated to the Foundation from Oaktree Medical Center. In June 2021, the awards programme will recognize another exceptional 100 primary school students.

About the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards Programme

Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards Programme is the premier national awards recognition programme for 6th graders in The Bahamas designed to salute the achievements of exceptional scholars.

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.

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