Patients visiting the Cayman Islands Hospital’s waiting rooms recently may have noticed a new face behind the “Waiting for Josephine” magazine trolley.
Patryk Kielczewski, 20, is taking over from Carol Hay, who started the magazine drive in July 2012 as a way to collect reading material for waiting room patients.
The University College of the Cayman Islands student said he collects an average of 70 to 100 magazines from drop-off locations every week. Residents can drop off magazines at either Books & Books in Camana Bay or a large bin outside the Cayman Islands Cancer Society in George Town.
Mr. Kielczewski is asking people to stick to magazine donations only, “People do drop in the occasional phone book, but we are really only after the magazines,” he said.
“There’s only two parts of this – the magazines and the people,” Mr. Kielczewski said. “I’m the only person doing it at the moment. I get to talk to people who are curious about the drive, sometimes they walk up to me and ask questions.”
“We try to stress that if you would be sitting down at the hospital and nothing to do but read something, it probably wouldn’t be a phone book,” he added.
When making the rounds at the hospital, Mr. Kielczewski said he particularly likes handing out magazines at the cancer ward.
“Over there at the cancer ward, we try to filter out the best [magazines] for them because that’s what they deserve and [we] give them the bulk of the good supply that we get every week,” he added.
The magazine drive is also appealing for more donations as some of the weekly donations been “a little bit dry,” said Mr. Kielczewski.
“Sometimes we actually don’t have enough to go to every room that we would like it to go to, so some weeks it is a little bit dry with the donations and we could come up shorthanded,” he said.
The Waiting for Josephine campaign is named after Josephine Lindo, who died from cancer complications in 2012, shortly before the drive was initiated.