First Lady Sandra Granger along with several foreign diplomats in Guyana are expected to frontline a cancer awareness walk in Georgetown set for Saturday, October 31.
The walk is being organized by the Brest Cancer Awareness Committee of Guyana and will bring the curtains down on the month long observation and celebration of Cancer Awareness Month 2015.
Speaking to NewsSource on Thursday, President of the local NGO, Bibi Hassan, called on Guyanese from all walks of life to come out and support persons who live with and who have survived breast cancer.
Hassan gave the update shortly after receiving a donation from Kings Jewelry World to aid the Committee’s drive to offer free screening and support to Guyanese women.
The walk set for Saturday will begin at Parade Ground and proceed along Waterloo Street, into Church Street then Irving Street before returning along Camp Street.
According to Hassan the First Lady along with the United States, European Union and Canadian Heads of Missions in Guyana are expected to take part in the walk which was once coordinated through the Avon Community Help Fund.
Other participants include the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Health, the Guyana Post Office Corporation, the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company among others. According to the President, some 100 women from across the country are being targeted this year for free screening. Last year a total of 99 women were assisted similarly.
Chief Financial Officer of Kings, Ralph Persaud, said the company is very happy to be part of the cancer awareness programme and noted the importance of early detection in a bid to save lives. Hassan received the $100,000 donation with heartfelt gratitude.
She said this donation along with others will go a far way in helping underprivileged women access screening.
The Committee is also putting emphasis on teaching women to do at home examination and widespread education on the issue that claims the lives of thousands of women worldwide annually.