GB Cancer Society’s fund-raiser heightens community awareness

FASHION SHOW – The Cancer Society of Grand Bahama held its Second Annual Fashion Show over the weekend, not only to raise funds for the organization, but to heighten community awareness. (PHOTOS: ABRIA COOPER)

The Cancer Society for Grand Bahama celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this May with its Second Annual Fashion Show and Silent Auction fund-raiser on Saturday, May 27 at the Bahama Public Service Union Center.

President of the Cancer Society for Grand Bahama Branch, Lorine Miller, and the show’s hostess spoke to this daily about the event noting that the models showcased fashions from local stores on the island.

“We have fashions from Port Lucaya, which is the Bandolera Fashion Outlet and Yah Man Fashions, which is in the Jirah’s Plaza and the owner of that is Ahmad Rashad and the owner of the Bandolera is Ms. Prudence Gallagher,” she said.

She added that the show also featured clothing from In Style Boutique, which is located Downtown Next to Esquire’s.’

Miller noted that the silent auction featured items such as a painting by Garrett Siler worth $300, handbags, ladies’ jewelry, and scarves.

“We had a nice variety of items that every woman can use,” she said.

Other than the fashions, the fund-raiser featured presentations by Chanice Bain also known ‘Storm’ of Body 4 Life and a former Miss Bahamas.

Miller stated that this fund-raiser was another initiative to spread awareness about cancer to the community.

All month members of the society have been visiting schools, hosting free educational forums and even going to churches to inform the public about cancer.

“It’s so wonderful for the community to come and support the Cancer Society, because of course we are non-profit and persons are calling for help each and every day,” she said.

She added that receiving support from the community allows them to better help cancer patients.

According to Miller, the society’s next major event will be a ‘Think Pink’ fashion display in the form of a banquet held in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

They are asking everyone to come out to the banquet and support by wearing pink outfits.

Miller finally informed this daily that the Cancer Society in The Bahamas is celebrating 41 years of existence and the Grand Bahama Branch is celebrating 31 years this year.

The Cancer Society offers education, health care, counseling and support since its establishment in 1976. May is the official Cancer Awareness Month when the Society places particular emphasis on Education with continual media exposure throughout the country. Cancer literature, T-shirts promoting non-smoking, videos and educational tools are all in evidence at this time.

Throughout the year, public health workers use the services of the society widely, service groups and schools that invite speakers to talk about cancer and share the educational material, which the Society keeps in large, supply. The public is encouraged to make use of these services.

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