World Blood Donor Day June 14th

World Blood Donor Day 2017 will be celebrated on Wednesday June 14th.  Every year on this day the Turks and Caicos Islands joins the rest of the world in highlighting the importance of this venture.

The National Public Health Laboratory/National Blood Bank in the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services, governs such activities and will be operating this year under the theme: “What can you do? with the secondary message: Give blood. Give now. Give often.

This year’s campaign will focus on blood donation in emergencies. In crisis or emergency situations-, the natural human response is “What can I do? How can I help? Therefore we aim to encourage more persons in the Turks and Caicos Islands to donate blood voluntarily and regularly, using the slogan “Give blood, Give now, Give often” The campaign underlines the role every single person can play in helping others in emergency situations, by giving the valuable gift of blood. It also focuses on the fact that it is important to give blood regularly, so that the blood stock is sufficient before an emergency arises.

The objectives of this year’s campaign include:

  • to encourage all people to strengthen the emergency preparedness of health services in their community by donating blood;
  • to engage authorities in the establishment of effective national blood donor programs with the capacity to respond promptly to the increase in blood demand during emergencies;
  • to promote the inclusion of blood transfusion services in national emergency preparedness and response activities;
  • to build wider public awareness of the need for committed, year-round blood donation, in order to maintain adequate supplies and achieve a national self-sufficiency of blood;
  • To celebrate and thank individuals who donate blood regularly and to encourage young people to become new donors as well;
  • To promote international collaboration and to ensure worldwide dissemination of and consensus on the principles of voluntary non-remunerated donation, while increasing blood safety and availability.

The Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services the Hon. Edwin Astwood states that “Despite medical and technological advances, since Landsteener discovered the ABO Blood Group system in 1901, blood cannot currently be made, and the only way of getting hold of it is via blood donations from people who give blood”. Hon. Astwood further stated “We don't just need to give blood in the event of tragedies or emergencies. Instead, it should be a normal and routine part of our lives. Regular blood donations mean that there will be sufficient amounts of safe blood in stock. Remember that men can give blood up to four times a year - women up to three times -providing there are at least two months between donations, the need for blood is constant and so is the need for donations”.

Our activities for this year will include the following events:

Monday June 10th 2017 – Health Matters interview, Topic “Facts about blood donation”

Wednesday June 14th, 2017 – Display and brochures on blood donation, blood typing and donor recruitment, blood drive - Cheshire Hall Medical Complex

Thursday June 15th, 2017 – Blood donor recruitment drive at the Men’s Health Conference HJ Robinson High School Auditorium, Grand Turk

Friay June 16th, 2017- Blood donor recruitment drive at the Men’s Health Conference Tropicana auditorium, The Bight, Providenciales

For further information please call: 649-331-7513


The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services is extremely proud of the results for this year’s high school graduation class of 2017 and wants to congratulate all the graduates and pray that the Lord continue to bless them in their future endeavors.

The Class of 2017 for the four government high schools in the Turks and Caicos Islands comprises a total of two hundred and ninety-two (292) students.  In compliance with the Education Policy 2005, two hundred and seventy-three (273) students are being recommended for graduation, which means they will receive a school leaving certificate or a high school diploma and participate in one or more of the graduation ceremonies.  Nineteen (19) students are being recommended for Statements of Attendance, which means they will not participate in either of the two graduation ceremonies.

The top performing students at each school are as follows:


H J Robinson High School: -         

Jyles Javier  88.22% - Valedictorian

Tyrese Saunders 87.74% - Salutatorian

Aaron Garland 86.109% - 2nd Runner-up


Marjorie Basden High School:-  

Claudenise Jean  78.69%  - Valedictorian

Rashundra Cooke 77.95% - Salutatorian

Cesleika Cox 77.68% - 2nd Runner-up


Raymond Gardiner High School:-             

Merline Manasse 75.82% - Valedictorian

Jhonnys Saint Cyr 69.40% - Salutatorian

Jamie Reid  62.52% - 2nd Runner-up


Clement Howell High School:-   

Angelica Howell  90.8% - Valedictorian

Randeann Ellis 85.4% - Salutatorian

Shaniel Swaby 85.1% - 2nd Runner-up


The Minister of Education, Hon. Josephine Connolly congratulates the graduates for achieving success and commends the management and staff of the schools for the excellent work done over the past five years preparing the graduates to meet the challenges they would face in their future and encourages them to continuously strive for excellence. 

Hon. Connolly also extends thanks to the parents of the graduates for their guidance and encouragement, and stated that; “The sea of knowledge knows no boundaries and I want to remind every student that perseverance and hard work leads to success in life.”

The Valedictory Services for H J Robinson and Raymond Gardiner High Schools are on Sunday, July 2, 2017 and the graduation ceremonies are as follows:


Monday, July 3, 2017 -                   Clement Howell High School

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 -                   Raymond Gardiner High School

Wednesday, July 5, 2017-             Marjorie Basden High School

Thursday, July6, 2017 -                   H J Robinson High School



The Turks and Caicos Islands Library Services Annual Read-a-thon will be held during the period June 19th – 30th, 2017 under the theme “One World. Many Stories.”

Read-a-thon is the perfect opportunity to encourage young children to read.  It encourages those who already love reading and helps those who seldom read to rediscover the sense of wonder and adventure they once felt when they first heard “Once upon a time.”

Since its inception, hundreds of kids have participated in the Read-a-thon each year, and we are hoping that this year more children will be able to join in the fun of reading.  Prizes this year will include Trophies, Gift Certificates and Books.

For more information, please contact your local library. In Provo at 941-7646 and in Grand Turk at 946-2916.