Corporate and celebs set to go the extra mile for Lupus.

11 Oct 2021 9:58 AM | Anonymous

Kingston Jamaica October 11, 2021: October is observed as Lupus Awareness Month in Jamaicaand other Commonwealth countries. Lupus Foundation of Jamaicahas begun its month-long campaign to spread awareness of the life-threatening disease under the theme, “Children and Youth With Lupus: Saving Lives Through Knowledge and Support”.

A key calendar event, Laps for Lupus Awareness is set for Sunday October 17, 2021 at 6pm and seeks to raise not only awareness, but critical funds for the Charity’s member Medical Assistance Fund and other support programmes. Pete Smith, the Foundation’s Finance Director stated, “Laps for Lupus is an event geared primarily at raising the awareness of the public of the disease lupus and how persons affected can receive help and support. It has grown to be a fun and interactive event that members look forward to each year. Laps for Lupus is in its 4th year and one of the conceptualizers was Emily Dixon, a current member and Lupus Warrior.”

Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, the Foundation has gone virtual with the event. “This online format has turned out to be a great opportunity to engage new supporters across the island to participate in the awareness effort,'' commented President of the Foundation, Rheumatologist Dr Desiree Tulloch-Reid. This year’s staging is expected to be vibrant and family-oriented as is customary.

Laps for Lupus Awareness 2021has been bolstered by title sponsor, JN Foundation, and will be hosted by Sakina Deer. Activities will include a workout session led by fitness guru Kurt Dunn, special performances, a healthy food preparation demo, games by Comedy Gamemaster Dalton Spence and a host of giveaways courtesy of Sponsors. Smith remarked, “It has been heartening to see these brands and individuals come on-board to support our drive to raise awareness of this illness.”

Lupus is considered a disease of the young hence this year’s focus on children and youth. Lupus in children can have far-reaching impacts on their physical, academic and social development. However, greater awareness among the wider society can lead to earlier detection and effective treatment.

To help promote the educational effort and to show support for Lupus Warriors, members of the public are encouraged to register online for this or other upcoming events, wear purple on Fridays during the month of October and join in the social media initiatives. They can also make tax-deductibledonations in person or via the Foundation’s website.

About Lupus Foundation of Jamaica:

Lupus Foundation of Jamaica is a member-based, volunteer-run charity dedicated to improving the lives and outcomes of persons affected by lupus through information, support, advocacy and research. The Foundation can be contacted at their Learning Centre at 7 Barbados Avenue,8767548458 or info@lupusfoundationjamaica.orgfor further information.


For further Information, please contact Desiree Tulloch-Reid, rheumjamaica@ymail.comor 8765744954.

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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