“The health of our people is a priority for my administration. This is why I decided to be a part of this Pink Ribbon Society- Avon Cancer Awareness Walk today”.
Those were the words issued by Prime Minister Tillman Thomas on October 14 at the conclusion of the walk from Camerhogne Park in Grand Anse to the Netball Courts in Tanteen, St. George’s.
Accompanied by his Aide, Gerry Hopkin and his Coordinator of Security, Nigel Noel, PM Thomas briskly traversed the distance from Grand Anse to Tanteen along with hundreds of Grenadians who came out to promote awareness of cancer and the importance of healthy eating, adequate exercise and regular check-ups to ensure early detection of the disease.
Over 30 of the participants of the walk are survivors of breast cancer and members of the Pink Ribbon Society, Inc.
However, there were also several survivors of other forms of cancer, on the 7th annual walk, such as Arthur Hosten, who has been a long-time supporter of the Society and a survivor for 15 years.
The Coordinator of this year’s walk was Pat Henry-McIntyre, Avon’s Representative in Grenada, who was ably assisted by surviving, founding members of the Pink Ribbon Society, as well as by George Robinson, who marshaled the walk and by Oswald Darbeau, who served as Chairman at the closing ceremony.
The PM commended the organisers for their efforts in planning a successful event.
He also encouraged all those present, as well as the entire nation, to take good care of their bodies by regularly exercising and adopting healthy diets, which should include more local fruits, vegetables and herbs.
Other speakers at the short ceremony at the end of the walk, included, John “Chalkie” Ventour, a former revolutionary prisoner and Dr. George Mitchell, the Chief Medical Officer (Ag.) of the Ministry of Health.
Also in attendance at the event was the Permanent Secretary (Ag.) in the Ministry of Health, Isaac Bhagwan.
Monetary donations toward the charitable activities of the Pink Society were handed over to them by representatives of George F. Huggins Grenada and the Lions Club of Grenada.
Mary John, a survivor and founding member of the Society, described the Walk of hope as one of the activities that often mark October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.