The Rotary Club of Freeport continued in its community service efforts, making donations to two local non-profit organizations, the Cancer Society of The Bahamas Grand Bahama Branch and the Us TOO organization during its weekly meeting at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant.
Rotary Club of Freeport President, Darren Cooper said that on being elected as president for a second time the club made a commitment to the Cancer Society to support its ventures, “and to lighten the load that they carry throughout the year.”
Cooper furthered that part of the proceeds from the club’s biggest fund-raiser, the Annual Wine and Cheese event, were being donated to the Cancer Society.
“We decided, as a club, to make a donation to the Us TOO organization for the work that they are doing throughout the community,” he disclosed.
Cooper noted that the club also wants to encourage the Cancer Society and Us TOO to continue the work they are doing in Grand Bahama and around The Bahamas.
He also encouraged persons to continue receiving early cancer screenings, because early detection is the best form of defense against cancers.
President of the Cancer Society of The Bahama Grand Bahama Branch, Lorine Miller expressed gratitude for the donation when she spoke to this daily.
“The Cancer Society is very appreciative,” she said.
She added that the organization is always looking for assistance and partnerships with persons in Grand Bahama, because there are many residents on the island who rely on them for help.
“We always want to ask the public to come on board and reach out to the Cancer Society and not only the Cancer Society, but any non-profit organization who needs help,” she said.
Miller revealed that the Cancer Society receives funds solely from donations and fund-raisers and they do not receive assistance from the government, therefore any help is appreciated.
Percy Kemp, of Us TOO also expressed appreciation for the donation, which will go towards conducting prostate cancer screenings. Us TOO was founded by and continues to be governed by people directly affected by prostate cancer. “We’re a non-profit established in 1990 that serves as a resource of volunteers with peer-to-peer support and educational materials to help men and their families/caregivers make informed decisions about prostate cancer detection, treatment options and related side effects.”
He revealed that Us TOO has been conducting more and more screenings each year. Last year they screened over 600 men.
“This year we did 801,” he said.
Kemp noted that it’s important to continue to sensitize the public to prostate cancer and why being screened regularly is so vital to men’s overall health.