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St Ann/St Mary Relay for Life misses target

Published:Friday | August 8, 2014 | 8:00 AM
Marilyn Williams, manager of the St Mary/St Ann branch of the Jamaica Cancer Society.

Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer

THE JAMAICA Cancer Society St Ann/St Mary branch held its Relay for Life at Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios recently and, even though the event brought out the true spirit of Jamaicans, with individuals and organisations showing they cared for cancer victims, returns from the event fell short of the organisers' expectations.

"It was not as good as a year ago, which is a disappointment," branch manager Marilyn Williams told The Gleaner on Monday.

With the lower-than-expected turnout, the branch's hopes of raising $3.5 million to $4 million were not realised.

"I don't think we will see anything close to that," Williams stated.

Relay for Life represents the branch's main fund-raising activity for the year

Despite the disappointment though, those who were present on the night exhibited true Jamaican spirit.

For instance, Digicel, a long-time sponsor of the Cancer Society St Ann/St Mary branch, presented a cellular phone to an appreciative 17-year-old cancer victim, Shamar Martin, of Aboukir district in St Ann.

Martin was a student of Aboukir Insitute before being diagnosed with lymphoma.

The presentation, made on stage by Digicel sponsorship executive, Sandra Ledgister, went over well with the audience and might have been one of the most touching moments of the evening.

Winsome Benjamin's beautiful rendition of Knockin' on Heaven's Door, a smooth set by Voice Mail, and an awesome performance by Unique Vision band, with Ameek on lead vocals, highlighted the night's entertainment package.

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