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guardian.co.tt Tuesday, February 28, 2017
In recognition of World
Cancer Day (February 4), RBC
Royal Bank announced that
funds from the RBC Caribbean
Children's Cancer Fund will be
utilised to purchase a Flow Cy-
tometer, which will be donated
to the Eric Williams Medical
Sciences Complex (EWMSC)
at Mt Hope.
This critical piece of equipment
is used to analyse the physical and
chemical characteristics of parti-
cles in a fluid, such as blood. It will
enhance the ability of the medical
staff to diagnose and treat cancer
in kids and adults; impacting sig-
nificantly on the overall diagnosis
and survival rate of cancer patients.
This RBC Fund was launched in
2009, and focuses on assisting in
the treatment and care of children
16 years and under who have been
diagnosed with cancer.
A release said assistance is avail-
able to children living in Caribbe-
an countries where RBC operates.
Since inception, more than 100
kids have benefited from diagno-
sis and treatment made possible
via the fund.
Funding is secured via public
donations as well as employee
and company fundraising activi-
ties, the most significant of which
is the annual RBC Race for the Kids.
Last held on October 2, 2016, this
benchmark event was supported by
over 1,500 members of the public
and RBC employees, led by the
bank's MD, Darryl White.
Health minister Terrence Dey-
alsingh joined RBC senior officials
and board members of the Cancer
Fund on February 14 in touring the
Children's Clinic at the EWMSC;
the soon-to-be home of the brand
new Flow Cytometer.
The German Embassy Port-of-
Spain has partnered with IAMove-
ment to take Climate Talk through
the rest of the year from April to
A release said the partnership will
• Climate Talk in 25 additional schools
across the country
• A school fruit and vegetable garden
project through the rest of the year at
the Servol Junior Life Centre in Cas-
cade, where students will participate
and learn about methods of organic
• Creation of short infographic video
and a complimenting infographic post-
er, to convey key points about climate
change specific to T&T and small is-
lands like us.
The primary component of the Cli-
mate Talk project brings the climate
change discussion to schools, organ-
isations and public spaces through
hosted screenings of Small Change: A
short documentary produced in 2016
by IAMovement about climate change
in a local context.
The Canadian High Commission
partnered with IAMovement to launch
the first phase of Climate Talk in Jan-
uary, which began in ten schools in
Port-of-Spain. It also includes an
Environment and Climate Day at the
Servol Junior Life Centre in Cascade,
and a public film and climate discus-
sion event at MovieTowne POS---where
funds raised will help to create the first
edible Green Roof in Port-of-Spain. The
event at MovieTowne is on March 29
and will include the screening of Small
Change along with the National Geo-
graphic documentary Before the Flood
produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.
IAMovement recognises that cli-
mate change is a big and seemingly
vague thing for so many, even though
it affects us all. With the support of the
German Embassy, IAMovement hopes
to further build awareness among wid-
er public about why climate change is
something valuable to understand. The
goal through Climate Talk is to make
[climate change] more relatable and
understandable, most importantly by
focusing on key social and economic
benefits which can be gained in the
short term through certain 'environ-
mental' projects, such as renewable
energies, and also recycling.
Co-founder of IAMovement Jonathan
Barcant said, "T&T is a global energy
leader and is very well positioned in
many regards, so there's no reason
why we can't capitalise on renewable
energies as well, alongside our existing
fossil fuel industry.
"Doing this we could reap many ben-
efits such as job creation, and using
less fossil fuels locally---which means
more income for the country since we
can sell these unused resources on the
international market at higher prices,"
"The German Embassy is very pleased
to support Climate Talk which is in-
tended to grow awareness about cli-
mate change among citizens of T&T,"
said Ambassador Lutz Görgens.
German Ambassador Lutz Görgens, centre, with Jonathan Barcant and Daniel
Barcant of IAMovement.
The exciting start of the 2016 RBC Race for the Kids, which is held to raise funds for the RBC Caribbean
Children's Cancer Fund.
Dr Curt Bodkyn, Paediatric Oncologist Lecturer/Unit Coordinator Child Health, West Indies Faculty of Medical
Sciences, right, makes a comment during the tour of the Children's Clinic of the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex where the RBC-donated Flow Cytometer will be housed. Listening in are: Lisa Francis-Mc Carthy,
right, administrator of RBC Children's Cancer Fund, Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society; Health Minister
Terrence Deyalsingh and Gretchen Camacho-Mohammed, regional operating officer, RBC Royal Bank Trinidad
Schools, organisations to
benefit from Climate Talk
IAMovement is a local NGO founded in
2014, which aims to effect positive so-
cial and environmental change in T&T.
IAMovement has become a leading
local voice about climate change over
the last 3 years through the following
• 2014 – First Public Climate March
event in T&T – 2014 People’s Climate
• 2015 – Second Public Climate March
event in T&T – 2015 People’s Climate
March & Eco-Village
• 2016 – Production and debut of
Small Change: A short (20 minute)
documentary which takes the climate
conversation forward in T&T.
To keep up to date with the Climate
Talk project and look out for future
activities and events, follow IAMove-
ment on Facebook. Additionally those
interested in hosting a Climate Talk
event or purchasing tickets for the
MovieTowne POS fund-raiser event
on March 29, they may be contacted
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