Hospital magazine drive makes fresh appeal

The Waiting for Josephine magazine drive is putting out a fresh appeal to the islands’ magazine readers to donate their mags to the local hospital.

Carol Hay, who organizes the collection of the magazines, says donations have recently become sparse and visitors to the Cayman Islands Hospital’s waiting rooms have a dearth of reading material to entertain them while they wait for appointments or for a loved one to complete a check-up or treatment.

“Support for the Waiting for Josephine hospital magazine drive has declined in the past three months,” Ms Hay said. “The weekly distribution to the waiting rooms at the George Town hospital has become very scanty, much to the disappointment of patients and visitors.”

Ms Hay launched the Waiting for Josephine magazine drive last year to collect reading material for patients and their relatives in the hospital’s waiting areas.

Anyone who wants to donate reading material is asked to give magazines, rather than books, catalogues or brochures.

The Waiting for Josephine campaign is named after Josephine Lindo, who worked for Ms Hay for 19 years, and who died from cancer complications last year, shortly before the campaign was launched in July.

The many hours the two women waited at the hospital together while Ms Lindo was being diagnosed and subsequently treated prompted the campaign.

There are two drop-off points where people can leave magazines – in a large waterproof bin outside the Cancer Society on Maple Road (opposite the hospital) and at Books & Books at Camana Bay.