Food For the Poor (FFP) has created an opportunity for members of the Jamaican Diaspora to make a difference in the lives of countless children in Jamaica in need of medical care through the establishment of a donation page on its Head Office website dedicated to the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation. The global community and Jamaicans overseas can now make electronic donations directly to the Shaggy and Friends Foundation by going to the link foodforthepoor.org/teamshaggy4kids.
|Andrew Mahfood - Chair, Food for the Poor|
“Food For the Poor is pleased to join in this very important effort that will bring much needed support to the Bustamante Hospital For Children,” said Chairman of Food For the Poor Jamaica, Andrew Mahfood. “We are only too happy to increase opportunities for the Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation to raise funds for the purchasing of life-saving equipment for the hospital. We applaud Shaggy for his effort and, having recently honoured him at our 30th Anniversary, are glad that we can participate to assist with this wonderful initiative.”
Establishing this link has allowed persons anywhere in the world to make donations at any time. There is also an added benefit as donations are tax deductible under the Internal Revenue Code section 501 (c) (3) for those filing overseas tax returns.
The Bustamante Hospital For Children is the only paediatric hospital in the English-speaking Caribbean, providing care for countless children. The demands on the hospital are great and this has placed a strain on its already limited resources. It is through the help of generous donors such as the Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation, that the hospital is able to acquire not only much needed life-saving equipment, but in some cases, some basic supplies that the hospital needs. The foundation has already raised approximately US$1,000,000.00 and provided over 400 pieces of equipment for the hospital. This year, the goal is to raise US$500,000.00, to assist in furnishing a state-of-the-art cardiac unit for children. Every donation counts and the diaspora will not be left out in this effort. FFP is hoping that establishing this link on its website, will significantly increase opportunities for persons to donate with all proceeds going toward the Bustamante Hospital for Children.
For its part, FFP is no stranger to the Bustamante Hospital, having provided general, medical and pharmaceutical supplies over the years. Establishing this partnership with the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation was therefore a natural fit with FFP’s mission.
This move by FFP will provide additional fundraising opportunities for the star studded Shaggy and Friends show which takes place on Saturday, January 4, 2013.