Jamaica Gleaner / Last Sunday, Shack’s Hope hosted another special charity Sip and Paint event, in aid of the Sickle Cell Support Foundation of Jamaica. Hosted by Emprezz Golding, Shak’s Hope was formed in honour of Miss Jamaica Universe 2011 Shakira Martin, who died from sickle cell disease last year.
Led by ArtSplash instructor, Natali Daley, the evening provided a creative medium for spreading awareness of the disease, as well as informing participants of the work of the Foundation.
As each participant worked on their masterpiece, coordinator of the event, Natalie Roach, stated some facts about the disease which has become very prevalent in Jamaica. “This foundation aims to target the special needs of those suffering from sickle cell,” said Roach, whose son has the disease.
Andrea Hall, president of Shak’s Hope, and Martin’s mother, spoke passionately about the ailments associated with the disease, which she witnessed during her daughter’s battle.
“Shak’s Hope has donated bed linings to hospitals and created personal packages for persons living with sickle cell across the island. We thank you for coming and supporting this cause as we aim to continue helping persons suffering from this disease,” said Hall.
Emprezz Golding stressed the importance of knowing one’s sickle cell status. “It is important to know your status and your partner’s status before you have a child together. This is crucial information to know whether you should have children with the person,” said Golding who is currently the caretaker for a child suffering from sickle cell.
“Whatever you can do, support the foundation and continue to give love and prayers because they work wonders,” said Dr Nsombi Jaja whose grandson also has the disease.