Friday 27 November, 2020

Society's plea: Buy shirts despite no physical Walk for the Cure 2020

Sea of pink as persons participate in the local Walk for the Cure (FILE)

Sea of pink as persons participate in the local Walk for the Cure (FILE)

The annual Walk for the Cure in October is the latest casualty of COVID-19.

COVID-19 has cancelled many big events this year including Crop Over and Grand Kadooment, and now it has led to no Breast Cancer Walk in October 2020.

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However, there will still be shirts on sale to raise funds and keep the awareness alive for what would have been the ninth edition of the Walk for the Cure.

Dr Shirley Hanoman-Jhagroo said in her remarks recently at the launch of this year's activities that:

"Even though it is difficult to replace the Walk which has increased from 100 attendees in 1999 to about 25,000 in 2019, the Breast Screening Programme Sub-committee has a number of promotions in place."

She said that some are even in operation already.

"As a preempt to October, the Brest Screening Programme Clinic has been offering mammograms at $75 during the month of August to all patients having mammograms for the first time, and in September another promotion named 'Better Together'." With this promotion two friends or family members can book mammograms at the same time and enjoy the $75 price tag as well.

With a T-shirt sponsor being one of the concerns after last year's event, Dr Jhagroo was happy to thank Gildan "once again for their generosity in donating the T-shirts."

The shirts are on sale and though there will be no walk, the hope is that the thousands who would have walked before and the hundreds if not thousands who had planned to make 2020 their first year to walk, can all still buy a shirt and help the Breast Screening Programme improve its equipment and services.

"We are asking everyone to support the T-shirt sale as this will probably be our main fundraising."

Shirts are on sale at the Brest Screening Programme Clinic in Henry Lane - adults $20 and children $15.

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