Hospital stays for children in Grenada are becoming a lot more endurable with a little help from St. George’s University’s Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA). Students were able to raise and donate over $11,000EC to SGU’s local Josh Project, an international charity for hospitalized children.
This will be used to purchase Josh kits, which include a plush, hypoallergenic, stuffed golden retriever and an illustrated book called, “I’ll Be O.K.,” about a golden retriever named Josh and his trip to the hospital.
“The Josh Project transcends borders, touching children around the world,” said SCAVMA President Jeremy Redmond. “Hospitalized children are often scared and nervous, not knowing what to expect. By bringing the project to Grenada, it is a way of offering hope to these children, giving back to Grenada, and strengthening the animal-human bond.”
The main fundraiser allowed faculty and students to bid on an array of prizes, and for the first time participate in an online auction. With more than 90 participants, the highest bid was placed on a boat trip for 10 students with two anatomy professors.
“The twofold benefit of making the children happy, and calming them while at the hospital is more than we could have hoped for,” said Mr. Redmond. He thanked the faculty and students of St. George’s University, including the local business community for making it possible.
Past SCAVMA donations have also been made to the GSPCA animal shelter and several animal welfare organizations.