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Avamere Rehabilitation CNAs inspire medical supply drive to help hospital in The Gambia

Tuesday February 18, 2014
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The heart of caring is strong at Avamere Rehabilitation, Oregon City, Ore., thanks to the efforts of Avamere staff like Buba Jada and Moe Adema, according to a news release.

Jada and Adema, both certified nurse assistants at Avamere, immigrated from The Gambia to the U.S. more than a decade ago, according to the release. Their positive impact is felt thousands of miles away in their home country through their work with the Brikama Society, based in Seattle, Wash. The goal of Brikama Society is to help and participate in community projects for the greater Brikama region, with an emphasis on raising funds and materials to benefit the area’s underserved hospital. Brikama is one of the largest cities in The Gambia.

“I’m inspired by the staff at our facility,” Nate Dawson, skilled nursing campus administrator, said in the release. “They spend all day caring for people here then go into their communities where they continue to have an impact.”

Inspired by Jada and Adema’s efforts, Avamere Rehabilitation is holding a medical supply drive and benefit on Feb. 20. Proceeds raised from the barbecue and items donated at the event will benefit the Brikama Hospital in The Gambia, according to the news release.

“When you see people here in the States, then you go back home and see everyone with no health care, it’s sad; very sad,” Jada said. “And sometimes you see people sharing hospital beds or laying on the floor at the hospital because they don’t have the resources to treat everyone.” Jada hopes the upcoming benefit will raise enough money, lightly used clothing and medical supplies to have a lasting effect for the people of Brikama.

“We’re planning on having a lot of fun during the medical supply drive,” Dawson said. “This is such a great, uplifting cause, plus we’ll have some delicious BBQ.”
Portland Timbers’ player and Gambian native Futty Danso is expected to be on hand for the drive, according to the release. For more information, contact Dawson at (503) 656-0367 or via e-mail at ndawson@avamere.com.


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