St. Matthew’s University has
offered office space the expanding Cayman Heart Fund.
The fund’s first full-time
employee, trained counsellor Thinn Aung, will operate out of the new office on
the university campus.
Cayman Heart Fund has grown rapidly
and was in need of space to organise and implement its increasing number of
programmes which include the War on Weight, free community screenings, the
annual Heart Health Fair, Ken Chand Run, participation in the Obesity Task
Force and the Health4Youth project, as well as fund raising.
The university’s Dean of Basic
Sciences Dr. Senthil Kumar, who is also an Associate Professor of Pharmacology
and Clinical Therapeutics at St. Matthew’s University, as well as member of the
Cayman Heart Fund board, said the students at St. Matthew’s cherish their
relationship with the Cayman Heart Fund and he was delighted that the
university is able to assist the Fund.
“The childhood obesity programme,
which was implemented at the George Hicks campus earlier this year, has a made
a significant impact on Cayman society and we are glad to make this minor
contribution by offering the Cayman Heart Fund a physical space from which to
work,” Dr. Kumar said.
Suzy Soto, chairman of Cayman Heart
Fund said she was extremely pleased with the continuing partnership with St. Matthew’s.
“Having Dr Kumar on board at the
Cayman Heart Fund has been a huge bonus to us because we have been able to make
the connection with the St. Matthew’s students, who have been of great use to
the Fund, volunteering their time, which has been invaluable to us.
“We are extremely thankful to St
Matthew’s for the donation of office space which will aid us tremendously in
our fight against obesity in Cayman’s youth. Ultimately everyone will benefit
from such a kind gesture,” she said.
Ms Aung is active in the fight
against childhood obesity and overweight children, along with other members of
the Health4Youth programme.
The Cayman Heart Fund is a
non-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to the reduction of heart and
circulatory disease in the Cayman Islands. Heart and circulatory disease, known
as cardiovascular disease, is the biggest health problem in the Cayman Islands.