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Jamaica Cancer Society's Relay for Life targets $10 million

Published:Thursday | July 23, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The St Ann/St Mary branch of the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS), now celebrating 10 years, has launched its Relay for Life for 2015, with the aim of raising $10 million towards cancer treatment.

Relay for Life takes place at Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios on Saturday, August 22, starting at 6 p.m., and goes on until 6 a.m. on Sunday.

Branch manager Marilyn Williams, said there were some new sponsors on board this year and she remains hopeful that the target might be reached, but conceded that (given the economic conditions) she would be happy even with $5 million this year.

The Society uses funds it raises to carry out treatment of cancer victims.

The event continues to attract year-to-year sponsors who seemingly have made it their duty to support the worthy cause.

In launching the event, at the society's Ocho Rios office, Ransford Davidson, business relations and sales manager, St Ann, for sponsors Jamaica National, lauded the commitment of those who have supported the event over the years.


Help needed


According to Davidson: "Relay for Life is a major fund-raising event needing sponsors, donors and contributors to step up and to give a hand in raising crucial funds to shore up the branch's resources."

"What is crystal clear from your (sponsors') presence here, is that we're in this together to eliminate cancer as a major health problem in Jamaica and we're sending a fundamental message of solidarity that is consistent with being good citizens."

Meanwhile, mayor of Port Maria, Levan Freeman, who brought greetings, hailed the JCS for the work it is doing, saying, "What you are doing for society is very much appreciated."

The mayor urged more support for the JCS from corporate Jamaica and encouraged persons to help promote the good work the branch was doing.