The students of the Events Management class of 2016 of St. George’s University presented a donation of EC$6,000 to the Grenada National Patients Kidney Foundation (GNPKF) on March 15, 2017. The funds were raised by hosting a successful themed party event at The Aquarium Restaurant in November.
Offered by SGU’s Department of Business and Management Studies, the events management course aims to fulfill two major objectives, according to lecturer Helen Bhola-Paul. “Firstly, students must demonstrate that they have learnt the necessary concepts and skills to host a successful practical event,” said Ms. Bhola-Paul, who lectures alongside colleague Naline Joseph. “Secondly, all profits generated from the event must be donated to a local charity.”
Receiving the much-needed funds on behalf of the Grenada National Patients Kidney Foundation was its director, Heather Sylvester. She thanked the class and lecturers for their hard work and charitable contribution to the Foundation. Last year, 12 people required dialysis, costing each of them EC$2,250 per week and EC$9,000 per month for treatment.
Established in 2007, the Grenada National Patients Kidney Foundation aims to supplement the fees for dialysis for kidney patients and to raise awareness in the community about kidney disease. The Foundation works with the Ministry of Health, health care professionals, and other agencies to improve the provision of care for individuals who are faced with the challenges of living with renal failure.