27 Jun 2022 1:39 PM | Anonymous


The Month of May saw an inspiring trend of young persons and business owners using their skills and resources to support the work of Lupus Foundation of Jamaica.

Georgia Johnson a lupus warrior, LFJ volunteer and part of the team planning for World Lupus Day 2022, is a Baker by profession, and decided to make her added contribution by baking specially designed ribbon-shaped sugar cookies to raise awareness and funds in support of the Effort. 

Danyelle Pike, aesthetician and owner of Lev’s Beauty Bar, who is also a Lupus Warrior, invited other business owners to support LFJ with a portion of their earnings during the Month of May through her Paint May Purple Initiative. 

Miss Pike accompanied Colleagues Timothy South, Shaquille Blake and Jason McDowell, executive directors of OSA Saturday’s on a visit to LFJ Help Centre on June 7 to hand over the donation of $67,000 JMD.  Timothy South had this to say on behalf of the Team: “We decided to make a donation towards the Paint May Purple Initiative to empower other lupus warriors and to just add some value to the lupus community with this donation.  For us it was a no-brainer because we’ve all had lives that were affected by lupus.”

Danyelle Pike (centre) of Lev's Beauty Bar is flanked by (from L) Shaquille Blake, Jason McDowell and Timothy South of OSA Saturdays as they get ready to present their donation to Board members of the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica Dr Desiree Tulloch-Reid and Mr Joel Holding (R).

Kristopher Thompson of 658 Series was soon to follow with their own donation of $100,000 on June 13.  “Miss Danyelle Pike had reached out to us from the 658 Series Team last month and had asked if we would be interested in supporting the Lupus Foundation.   We decided that we would make a $100,000 donation towards the Foundation.

“We know medication and treatment is quite expensive and in Jamaica we have one of the highest rates of persons affected by Lupus. It is our intent and hope that this donation will help ease the pain/burden for at least one individual fighting through the challenges that may come with this illness.”

Pike explained that this is her second staging of the Paint May Purple fundraising initiative.  “I just wanted to bring on some younger business owners, to get them involved as well, in not only the Foundation but the movement itself – to get persons talking about it and raising as much awareness as I can;  so any way I can help I am happy to do so. "

Miss Pike gave her own commendation of the work of the Foundation:  “Thank you all for all that you do because it’s a lot -  Just in terms of medication, finding doctors, dealing with the symptoms and all of those things - It’s not easy so you guys are doing a lot and I’m grateful for that. 

“I like helping people and know how hard it is living with lupus – and if people are trying to help the community then I am more than happy to help in any way I can.”

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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