The Lion’s Club of Mandeville in partnership with the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) hosted the annual ‘Central Medics and Friends’ charity concert on Saturday, November 21 at the Belair School Auditorium, Mandeville. Proceeds are in aid of the SRHA regional Histopathology Lab, which will cost J$30M to build, and the Windsor Lodge Children’s Home.
SRHA Regional Technical Director, Dr. Michael Coombs and others spoke about the great need for a Histopathology lab and encouraged people to still donate, make pledges, and support the initiative in any way they can. Dr. Aggrey Irons, Consultant Psychiatrist and Master of Ceremonies for the concert, shared information about the uses of a Histopathology lab and highlighted the fact that the SRHA currently has no Pathology labs due to lack of funds.
The humorous and talented Dr. Irons, also set the tone for the well attended event with witty repartee and true comedic timing.
The 50/50 band performed popular songs like ‘Africa’ by Toto, ‘Lioness on the Rise’ by Queen Ifrica among others. Dr. Irons, in jest, said the band had rehearsed just enough to deliver good music for the evening.
Dr. Michael Abrahams did not disappoint with a clever stand-up comedy set titled, ‘Uncut & Uncensored’, which touched on different areas of politics, current affairs, family and Jamaican culture.
Arguably the best performance of the night, gynaecologist Dr. Clive Lai, and the Mandeville Regional Hospital (MRH) Maternity Department, delivered a parody of the popular hit ‘Gangnam Style’ renamed ‘Gynae Style’. Dr. Lai did not miss a beat in the high energy dance performance which received thunderous applause.
Dr. Coombs, along with his wife and two others, performed two dance pieces that were well received. Dr. Coombs, spoke about the value of putting God first and the importance of nurturing love within marriage.
The event saw performances from, Nurse Petal Richards, Nurse Kadianne Lee, other MRH staff, Dr. Bradley Edwards, Dr. Xenophon Kirby, Dr. Anna-Kay Taylor-Christmas, medical consultants, residents, Manchester Festival Queen 2015, Ms. Chereese Ricketts and others.
The charity concert was supported by members of the medical fraternity, their friends, family, sponsors, contributors and locals from the Manchester area.