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Orchid Society Pledges Help for Cancer Society

Published:Thursday | March 24, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Michael duQuesnay (left), president of the Jamaica Orchid Society, explains the merits of a Lawless Gloriana orchid to Earl Jarrett, chairman of the Jamaica Cancer Society; Yulit Gordon, the cancer society’s executive director, and Opal Wilson (right), Jamaica Orchid Society show coordinator.

Plant lovers attending the Jamaica Orchid Society's (JOS) Spring Orchid Show, 'Orchid Explosion', will be able to enjoy the blooms while helping in the society's fight against cancer.

The JOS and the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) have agreed that part proceeds from the show will be allocated to the JCS, Michael duQuesnay, president of the JOS, said. The largest orchid event in Jamaica, the show will be held on April 2-3 at the Jamaica Horticultural Society hall, Hope Pastures, St Andrew.

"Our members are committed to achieving a greater level of understanding about cancer and to help the JCS conduct more screening for the disease; that is why we are giving our support to the JCS," duQuesnay said.

Earl Jarrett, chairman of the JCS, expressed his appreciation to the orchid society for their continued support following the generous donation they made last year.

Jamaica has 220 species of orchids; and some 30 per cent are endemic to the island.

Orchid lovers will be able to buy plants as well as pots from participating members of the Association of Jamaican Potters. Special features of the show include a display of antique cars, kiddies corner and a variety of foods.

The 85-year-old JOS is dedicated to the cultivation and appreciation of orchids, while the JCS is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, formed in 1955 for the prevention and control of cancer.