Bigger crowd expected for Treasure Beach cancer walk
The organisers of the third annual Women With A Purpose Treasure Beach 5K Treasure Hunt Breast Cancer Run/Walk are expressing confidence that this year's event, which will be held in the St Elizabeth township on Saturday, October 15, will be much bigger than the previous two stagings.
According to cancer survivor Janette Kaloo, the chief organiser of the event, interest in the walk has been gathering momentum and is now at an all-time high, attracting attention from as far away as the United States. As a consequence, she is expecting more than 600 participants. Last year's event pulled in more than 270 persons.
"We feel blessed that each year, the number (of participants) increases, and with that, obviously, the money raised also moves up, which means we can have more to draw on in assisting those people in need," stated Kaloo, in re-emphasising the entity's mandate to help women suffering the effects of breast cancer.
With October being celebrated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Kaloo said it's a fitting time to come together to shed more light on the fight against the dreaded disease. She noted that her group is seeking to raise approximately $3 million for its outreach services.
"That is the purpose of the 5K Treasure Hunt Breast Cancer Run/Walk: to raise awareness and celebrate 'survivorship' with the hope of helping to save lives as we empower others who are oftentimes unaware, misinformed, or uneducated about cancer," stated Kaloo.
Kaloo is vice-president of The Treasure Beach Women's Group (TBWG), an organisation dedicated to bringing awareness to breast cancer victims and former victims, who have beaten the odds and have managed to survive.
"The Treasure Beach Women's Group is a critical component of the run/walk," said Kaloo. "This group acts as a kind of sanctuary for women with cancer or survivors of cancer. This event is a testimony to the vision to assist wherever we can, and we hope that in the future, other established entities will see the need to join with us in helping to combat this issue."
The media launch for the event will be staged on Friday, September 30, at the Sunset Resorts and Villas in Treasure Beach.
Registration for groups of 10 and more is $800 per person, while registration for children is $500. Registration has already commenced and will end on Friday, October 14, at 6 p.m.