This Christmas scientists at CCRC, with the help of Fyffes, have gifted research equipment and science books to a university in Honduras enabling students in the Central American country to access molecular biology research techniques. The donation of equipment and books is on its way to the Biology and Microbiology laboratories at Universidad Nacional Autonoma De Honduras (UNAH), the only public university in the Central American country.
The donation was the idea of Yensi Flores, a graduate of UNAH and a scientist at the Cork Cancer Research Centre, who, as part of her thesis, established the first molecular biology lab in the university.
Yensi states, ‘In Honduras, the lack of infrastructure severely limits research and the pursuit of careers in science. When we were updating our research equipment at CCRC, rather than throw out the current equipment,, my colleagues and I contacted the Vice-President of UNAH to offer it to the university laboratory. Fyffes, very kindly agreed to donate the transport of this equipment, from Cork, Ireland to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, free of charge. As scientists ourselves, it is our wish that this donation will help science students realise their passion for research and pursue a science career, as we have been lucky enough to do. We are lucky to have fantastic support from members of the public and businesses here in Cork so it is great that their support continues through the gifting of equipment to help future cancer researchers in other countries.’
The equipment, including an UVP Transilluminator chamber and Gel doc videographic printer, will be used for research into infectious diseases, such as Dengue, Chagas and Zika, as well as for educational purposes to teach students about molecular biology research techniques. It was shipped by Fyffes and is expected to arrive at the University just before Christmas.
Commenting on behalf of Fyffes, Emma Hunt-Duffy, Sales and Marketing Manager Ireland states, ‘When Yensi and the Cork Cancer Research Centre approached Fyffes to ask for our help with the logistics of getting the scientific equipment from Ireland to Central America, we were delighted to be of service. Corporate social responsibility is at the heart of the Fyffes brand, and we strive to give back to the communities in which we live and work. Yensi’s dedication to this project has been remarkable and we know that as a result, so many people will benefit. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our transport partners also, who assisted greatly in getting this over the line’