All babies born at George Town
Hospital are presented with a Bright Start package to encourage reading and
literacy from day one, thanks to a project by Sunrise Rotary.
Studies have shown that babies who
have stories read to them tend to be more intelligent and active.
Additionally, these children are
more likely to enjoy reading as they grow older, according to Rotary members.
This is the reason some 600 babies
who are born each year at the hospital receive a book, brochure and toy.
The books are presented by
maternity nurses on behalf of Sunrise Rotary, which gets the books at a
sizeable discount from Books and Books.
The programme, which was started
four years ago, has been revitalized by Rotarians Tish Bush and Marilyn
Connolly, due to popular demand. The most recent package of was delivered to
Maternity Nurse Manager Shannon Hydes on 21 June, with the first handout going
to Kaelon Thompson, who was born 15 June.