Be Grand and Give a Gran'!

21 May 2021 10:07 AM | Anonymous

Kingston, Jamaica, May 20, 2021 – For Immediate Release

Thousands of Jamaicans continue to suffer the debilitating effects of Lupus, known medically as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, a lifelong disorder of the immune system. The Lupus Foundation of Jamaica (LFJ) continues to support the fight against Lupus through its education programmes, advocacy and support to persons living with the disease. 

Monday May 10, 2021 marked the annual observation of World Lupus Day and the kick-off of the 37-year-old Charity’s month-long drive to raise funds to support the fight against Lupus. The Foundation is inviting the support of the media, corporate Jamaica and the public at large to “Be Grand and Give a Gran’” in support of their mission.

The autoimmune disease, which occurs at higher rates in Afro-Caribbean populations, is estimated to affect some 6000 Jamaicans. The goal of raising Four Million Dollars will guarantee more services for members, discovery and support of new patients, and support a variety of programmes essential to improve outcomes for persons with the disease. Each year the LFJ's public awareness campaigns for World Lupus Day (May 10) and Lupus Awareness Month (October) reach thousands of patients and members of the public via media interviews, virtual events, information sessions, social media platforms, displays at hospitals, clinics and parish libraries, as well as a “Put On Purple” initiative with distribution of purple ribbons and branded merchandise through the Organisation’s Lupus Learning Centre in New Kingston or via their online store geared at raising awareness and breaking down stigma concerning the illness.

A member-based organisation, the LFJ's approximately 300 Members benefit from free psychological counselling, a member medical assistance fund, pharmacy discounts, a monthly e-newsletter, monthly support group meetings, WhatsApp support groups, hospital visits/support calls and access to guidance and information from health professionals. The LFJ also plays a leading role in Medical Professional Education on the subject through its Annual Lupus Symposium which brings international and local experts to present the cutting edge in Lupus care as well as address practical topics to improve the outcomes and quality of life of patients. The organization also continues to facilitate the donation of medical equipment to improve detection and treatment of lupus locally.

The funding of the Foundation's annual budget of 9 million dollars is greatly dependent on volunteer labour and donations in cash or kind from small as well as corporate donors to subsidise membership dues and fund essential programmes, as well as sponsorships of events and programmes.

The Foundation is therefore calling for volunteers and donations, as it seeks to mobilize response across the island, especially at a time when it faces both increased demand for services and funding challenges during the COVID19 pandemic.

Lupus, known medically as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, is a disorder of the immune system.  It causes the immune system to become over-reactive and produce antibodies that damage normal healthy cells and can be life-threatening.  While Lupus patients have an over-reactive immune system, in most cases, they are not able to effectively cope with common infections. This makes Lupus patients among the high-risk groups for contraction of Covid-19. 

Donations to the registered charity are tax-deductible and can be made conveniently online on the LFJ website or to their account with banking details as follows: 

Lupus Foundation of Jamaica 


Branch Name: Knutsford   
Branch Address: 1 Knutsford Blvd, Kingston 5, Jamaica
Branch #: 33077     
Bank Account #: 332062956   

Currency: JMD   

Account Type:  chequing /Current. 


The Lupus Foundation of Jamaica is a member-based, volunteer-run, charitable organization in operation since 1984. It aspires to improve the lives and outcomes of persons affected by lupus through a better awareness and deeper understanding of the disease.  Among its major activities are patient support and counselling, advocacy for access to care and promotion of research in the field.   

To learn more about Lupus and LFJ programs and services, please visit the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica’s website: , or their social media pages:, 


For more information about this topic, you may contact Desiree Tulloch-Reid at 1-876-574-4954 or

Miss Jamaica World Khalia Hall to join with Government and Medical Societies to support World Lupus Day Observance

Khalia Hall, the reigning Miss Jamaica World, is demonstrating the philosophy of Beauty with a Purpose as she lends her time and influence to the cause of Lupus Awareness.

Miss Jamaica World is one of several well-known personalities that have endorsed the efforts of the Foundation over the years to promote awareness about Lupus.  “I feel grateful to be able to use my platform as Miss Jamaica World to help the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica to raise awareness around this debilitating disease.” 

On May 10, Lupus Foundation of Jamaica will be joining in with lupus groups across the world in observance of  World Lupus Day 2022 under their own theme LUPUS LEVEL UP: Make Lupus Visible.  According to Dr Desiree Tulloch-Reid, President, the campaign will have an Island wide reach through media interviews and promotions, poster displays, a social media campaign and Awareness walks dubbed “Make Strides for Lupus” across the Island and will culminate in a World Lupus Day Ceremony and mini-health fair at Emancipation Park, New Kingston, on May 10, 2022.  “We will be engaging all our members, supporters, media partners, Government, community organisations, the public at large and all our online and social media to increase awareness of lupus, specifically this year emphasising the impact of lupus on the body’s organs.”  

Ms Hall will be supporting the LUPUS LEVEL Up campaign by a video endorsement for social media and being photographed in the purple T-shirt bearing the Campaign theme.  She will also attend the Foundation’s key event, a free mini-health fair at Emancipation Park, and take part in an official Opening Ceremony at 12:00 pm in tandem with the  Minister of State in the Ministry of Health & Wellness, Hon Juliette Cuthbert-Flynn who will declare the event open.

Also present at the free event at Emacipation Park will be representatives of several health Professional Associations including Medical Association of Jamaica, Dermatology Association of Jamica, Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica and Jamaica Physiotherapy Association as well as Mandeville Regional Hospital Nephrology Unit, who will interact with the public and provide health talks and demonstrations.  National Health Fund will provide free health screening in tandem with the Diabetes Association of Jamaica.  A live broadcast on Riddim FM 102 with host Vernon Derby will also feature conversations with health professionals, volunteers and persons living with Lupus, as well as reports from participants in awareness walks and other activities across the Island.

The public is invited to wear purple on Tuesday May 10 in solidarity, to participate in local activities and make donations to the Foundation towards support services for persons with Lupus. Further information is available at the Foundation’s website or by contacting 8767548458.

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