Civil servants wear pink to support Lions Club’s breast cancer awareness effort

Government workers and members of the public, including Lions member Judith Witter, center, in yellow vest, flanked by Acting Deputy Governor Stran Bodden and Financial Secretary Kenneth Jefferson, take part in a 'Dress for a Cause Day' Friday to raise awareness of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Government workers, members of the public and Acting Deputy Governor Stran Bodden donned pink on Friday to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The civil service was supporting the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens’ annual campaign to raise awareness of the disease.

Mr. Bodden said in a press release, “The government is fully supportive of the initiative whose theme this year is Early Detection Saves Lives. The health of the nation is of paramount concern and is strongly reflected in the many internal and external health and wellness campaigns we endorse or coordinate.”

May Douglas, a member of the public, and her daughter Jessie, 5, also took part. “It was just by pure coincidence that we were invited to join in as we were both wearing pink,” Mrs. Douglas said.

“This kind of awareness-raising event is important. Even if it makes just one person book a mammogram or start monthly self-examinations then it will have been worthwhile,” she said.

Lions Club of Tropical Gardens member and government worker Judith Witter said, “On behalf of the club, we are extremely grateful for the support received from the civil service annually. The funds raised go towards paying for mammograms for those who are not covered by insurance for the exam.”

The service club gives out about 500 mammogram vouchers during its annual October campaign.

Ms. Witter said this is the 20th year the club has been running the program.

 

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