Kiwanis Club of Providence's Breast Cancer Run/Walk set for Oct 26
Karrie Williams, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:The Kiwanis Club of Providence, Montego Bay, will stage its fifth Annual Breast Cancer Run/Walk on Sunday, October 26, starting at 6 a.m., beginning at the MegaMart shopping complex in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.
The event was announced during the club's 25th installation of new officers ceremony, last Thursday, at the Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay.
According to club secretary, Glenda Miller, the event is being held in keeping with the organisation's mandate to build public awareness about breast cancer being the most common cancer in women; provide financial support, and restore hope to families that are already afflicted by the disease. She said the club is hoping to raise at least $500,000 at this year's event, the majority of which is to be donated to the Jamaica Cancer Society, to continue the fight against the disease.
Miller said a corporate rate for groups of 10 persons and over is available, along with an early bird special for those who register early. Persons wishing to register may contact Miller at F&S Complex, located at shop 15, Union Street, Montego Bay, or any other member of the club. Refreshments, fruits and other light snacks will be provided to participants on the day of the event.
During the ceremony, Lieutenant Governor for Division 25, Lisa Blake-Golding, presented newly installed President Janice McGrowcher with her instruments of office, while Audrey Watson was confirmed as president elect for the 2015-2016 upcoming year. Immediate past president, Nadine Spence, was given a tearful send-off by the members who all commended her for her dedication and effective leadership over the period 2013-2014.
In her address, McGrowcher thanked the outgoing officers for their contribution and pledged her dedication to uphold the club's service standards for community development.
"True leaders understand that leadership is not about them, but about those they serve. It is not about exalting themselves, but about lifting others up and so I pledge to motivate you to strive for excellence in all facets of our calling," McGrowcher said.
Among the community development initiatives that she outlined for her presidential year were the installation of bathroom facilities at the Retirement Basic School and the provision of a lunch room. In addition, lunch will also be provided to the students under a school feeding programme that is already in effect at the Triumph Basic School.
Meanwhile, the president said a street feeding programme for the homeless will also be implemented throughout the Second City and food and medical supplies will be provided to children and adults living in selected care homes in the parish.
The Kiwanis Club of Providence, Montego Bay, is made up exclusively of women and meets every Thursday at 7:15 p.m. at the Wexford Court hotel.