Hauling the many magazines donated to Cayman Islands Hospital as part of the Waiting for Josephine campaign can be hard work. But the donation of a trolley has made the task quicker and easier.
The Waiting for Josephine hospital magazine appeal, launched earlier this year, received a much-needed boost from Heather Haine’s donation of a sturdy magazine delivery trolley.
Ms Haines read about the appeal and wanted to help. When she heard that volunteers were having a strenuous task delivering the heavy magazines throughout hospital halls, she offered to sponsor a delivery cart.
“I talked to Carol [Hay, who launched the programme] and asked her about fundraising ideas. I suggested I’d give her the money to buy the trolley,” Ms Haines said.
The cart was sourced by Tanya Foster of Foster’s Food Fair IGA, who brought it in with one of the supermarket’s shipments. From there, it went to artist Jim Lochner of Vision Marketing/Signs of Paradise to receive signage.
Mr. Lochner was the original creator of the Waiting for Josephine logo and Vision Marketing donated the artwork and signs.
Working from a photograph of Josephine Lindo, after whom the appeal is named, Mr. Lochner created a purple and white logo with the late Ms Lindo’s image.
The Waiting for Josephine magazine appeal is an on-going drive that supplies the public hospital waiting rooms and its auxiliary services with magazines.
As well as supplying reading materials for patients, their families and friends, the drive also enables people to recycle their magazines rather than throw them in the garbage when they’ve read them. Because people take the magazines, it is important that they receive a constant and plentiful supply.
The public is encouraged to drop off their magazines in assigned bins at Books & Books and the Cancer Society. From there, they are taken to the hospital and sorted into piles for weekly distribution.
There are more than 15 waiting areas at the Cayman Islands Hospital alone. That number does not include the waiting rooms at district clinics and the dental and vision centre.
Faith Hospital in Cayman Brac also receives magazines on a regular basis and magazines can be dropped off at the District Administration office in Cayman Brac for distribution.
Ms Hay launched the Waiting for Josephine magazine appeal in July, in memory of her friend and helper Ms Lindo, who died from complications that month relating to cancer. The campaign’s roots lie in the many hours Ms Hay spent waiting for Josephine as she underwent check-ups and treatments, during which she repeatedly found there was little or no reading material available in the hospital’s waiting rooms.
To learn more about this charitable magazine campaign or to get involved contact Carol Hay at [email protected] or Sharaine Chin at the Health Services Authority at [email protected] or phone 244-2857.