Ministry of Social Protection, Guyana, Monday, October 17, 2016
Raising greater awareness about childhood cancers and garnering support for families dealing with such experiences were the main thrusts of a walk hosted by the Key Club of the Georgetown International Academy at the weekend.
The walk which began at the National Park, proceeded along Carifesta Avenue, into High and Main Streets before ending at the Parade Ground to solicit pledge and funds in aid of children with cancers, especially children from the hinterland.
The participants were mainly young people of the high school, who are advocating under the theme, “Children walking for Children – Help us fight Cancer NOW,” and Minister of Social Protection.
Key Club is an organization of high school students and youths mainly from the United States and Canada who team up with Caribbean counterparts for charitable work. Its presence in Guyana dates back to December 2014 to help persons with cancer to access long term treatment.
Minister Lawrence commended the group and participants for their efforts to raise awareness and funds for such a worthy cause. She noted that “many times we see the victims and we give them support and that is good but they need their family support as well and there are those families that are also shattered by the situation and we need to support those families too. So I’m asking you to extend whatever help you can, as an individual or as organization represented here, to those families”.