Cancer awareness month on St Helena
Every year the St Helena Cancer Awareness charity organises on island events to help raise money for various causes on St Helena; helping patients, families and survivors of cancer. The theme for October’s Cancer Awareness month 2017 was Celebrating Superheroes.
This year everyone was encouraged to join forces in the fight against cancer and to focus on their health and wellbeing.
The launch night was marked in spectacular fashion with a Fire Truck Pull at the Seafront. Crowds gathered to witness the strongest team work together to tow across the finishing line.
Events that followed included a well-attended Coffee Morning at the Jamestown Community Centre and a Pink Walk, which saw participants tackling the easier Scotland route or the longer and more challenging walk through Sandy Bay Ridges.
The Education Directorate were inspired by the objective of health and wellbeing and organised a pass the baton challenge. Volunteers dressed as superheroes for the day and walked various challenging routes on the island, ending at Jamestown.
Both the Fire Truck Pull and the Pink Walk were well attended, generating a large amount of funds.
According to Tracey Williams, a member of the working group, it is estimated that over 800 people were at the Wharf during the Fire Truck Pull event and around 231 showed up, many dressed in Pink, for the walk.
Funds raised have been donated towards the purchase of a mammography machine for the hospital, in addition to supporting cancer patients offshore receiving medical treatment. Totals raised to date from the Fire Truck Pull and the Pink Walk amount to over £3,500, however further sponsor forms are yet to be tallied.
Thanks to Tracey Williams for the photos.