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Statement: SERHA’s Response to Shaggy & Friends’ $100m Raised to Benefit Children’s Hospital

KINGSTON, Jamaica. Tuesday, December 13, 2022: The Southeast Regional Health Authority (SERHA) would like to clarify statements made in the media by Mr. Orville Burrell (Shaggy) concerning the use of proceeds from a fundraiser over four years ago, for the benefit of the Bustamante Hospital for Children (BHC), where a commitment of $J100 million was made to the institution. Neither the hospital nor Regional Health Authority requested that money raised be handed over to the Government by the Shaggy and Friends Foundation, as is being purported.

The concern of the Regional Health Authority was always, that having raised these funds in the name of the Bustamante Hospital for Children, with the full support and endorsement of the institution, and the hundreds of volunteers and patrons who supported the initiative, that funds be used to support improvement in services to patients who use the hospital.

The Regional Authority makes no judgement on the reasons for the long delay, but at the same time feels strongly that the needs of the hospital and the children are best served through a speedy resolution of this matter.

The Regional Authority is therefore encouraged by a meeting held last evening (Monday, December 12) by the respective representatives and that a way forward has been devised between the Shaggy and Friends Foundation and the Chairman of the hospital management committee of the BHC and SERHA. We hope clarity has been brought to this matter and look forward to a speedy resolution.


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