Fundraiser to benefit the island’s Polyclinic held in San Pedro Town
An effort to raise much-needed funds for the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic was held via a fundraiser on Sunday, December 10th at Caribbean Villas Hotel. The aim was to raise $60,000 for the acquisition of an incinerator, and to provide bonuses for the Polyclinic staff, with remaining funds would go to the San Pedro Animal Foundation. However, at the end of the event, the fundraiser was only able to raise a minimum amount of the targeted total and as a result, the little raised will now be only used towards the acquisition of the incinerator.
The fundraiser was organized by Melanie Paz, Rebecca Arceo, Peter Lawrence, and Ti Southwell after noticing the good work the staff at the Polyclinic do despite struggling with huge lack of resources at the medical institution. It was expected that island residents would come out in large numbers to support such worthy cause.
According to one of the organizers, the fundraiser made close to $20,000. This amount is not enough to obtain the incinerator, but organizers are hoping that donations will continue to come in and this amount may increase. In the case that the needed amount for the incinerator is not met, Lawrence along with Caribbean Villas and Pedro’s Inn have committed to come up with the rest of the funds to acquire the much-needed equipment. The incinerator is urgently needed at the island’s main medical facility to properly dispose of their medical waste.
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