When the Hope Foundation hosts its garden party next month it will do so under the patronage of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart at his official residence, Ilaro Court, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael.

It comes off on Saturday, May 12, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The proceeds from the event will support ongoing programmes for lupus, sickle cell and arthritis.

One of the main features will be modelling by patients and this will be done under the theme Pain and Suffering Never Looked So Good.

Tickets for the event may be obtained from the Hope Foundation, located at No. 24 George Street/ opposite 8th Avenue Belleville, St. Michael.?? Members of the public may also call the Foundation at 437-8781 to book tickets for the event or e-mail hope@caribsurf.com.

??The Hope Foundation was established in 1991 to raise awareness of "lesser known" diseases such as lupus and sickle cell. It also represents arthritic patients, many of whom are expected to benefit from the proceeds.

Over the years, it has made significant donations in the form of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, particularly its Physiotherapy Outpatients’ Department.

The Foundation is currently running a six-week Arthritic Self Management programme that was also undertaken last year.?? This is aimed at increasing the coping skills of patients and according to its President, Shelly Weir:?? "It has thus far shown that they spend less time in hospital; are more productive and generally increases their well-being."

In 2008, approximately $10,000 in equipment was handed over by its President to Health Minister, Donville Inniss.


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