More than 100 individuals came out on Saturday to take advantage of a free cancer screening outreach. The venue was the Lot G1 Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara, Demerara Bakery [DemBake].
The outreach was held in collaboration with the Giving Hope Foundation, the Health and Education Relief Organisation for Cancer [HEROC] and the Ministry of Public Health.
This exercise was aimed at giving back to the community, especially to those living along the East Bank corridor.
According to Administrative/Human Resources/Marketing Manager of DemBake, Dr. Dave Lalltoo, the company was more than happy to facilitate the team of doctors, nurses and volunteers who provided services such as free pap smears, VIA, breast and prostate examinations as well as free blood pressure and blood sugar tests.
Those who turned out acknowledged the fact that early detection could save their lives. Many were thankful that such a project was done on the East Bank. They were especially grateful to DemBake for taking a lead in this regard. They were also ecstatic that not only did the bakery provide some of the best products in the country, but they also had the public’s heath in mind.
Founder of the Giving Hope Foundation, Dr. Latoya Gooding, was present at the event and reiterated the importance of early screening as many cases of cancer related deaths in Guyana occur because of late stage diagnosis.
She was also happy about the collaboration with DemBake and expressed her anticipation for future collaboration with the company.
DemBake is one of the key companies that have thrown its support behind the recently launched Miss Earth Guyana pageant. The company has committed to exclusively sponsoring the ‘Beauties for a Cause’ segment of the pageant.
The Miss Earth Guyana pageant was on Friday, January 26, last, launched at the Roraima Duke Lodge, Kingston, Georgetown. Dr. Dave Lalltoo, the National Franchise Director, was able to acquire the pageant Franchise. He has an ambitious vision to help transform it into a more inclusive and more reputable undertaking.
Backed by the contributions of a four-member Miss Earth Guyana Management Committee, himself included, Dr. Lalltoo, anticipates Guyana being able to make a name for itself on the international scene.
Dr. Gooding, a medical doctor attached to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, and also the founder of the Giving Hope Foundation, which has a primary mandate to help increase screening for cancer and reduction of cancer related deaths, has also devoted her support to the pageant.
Because of her passion to help combat the scourge of cancer, Dr. Gooding took on the role of being the Assistant National Franchise Director with a view to taking full advantage of the “Beauties with a Cause” segment to promote cancer awareness.
“This is where the contestants will be ambassadors for change, ambassadors for the environment and in doing that we will be looking at different things such as cancer because we know that 95 percent of all cancers are caused by environmental factors,” said Dr. Gooding recently.
This segment of the pageant, which is expected to help determine the delegates’ viability for the international stage, will also see efforts being made to give keen attention to climate change, the low carbon development strategy and different aspects of how humans can help to improve the environment and by extension help to “make Guyana a greener, greater country,” Dr. Gooding underscored.
She said, too, that this segment, which is being solely sponsored by Demerara Bakery, is intended to ensure that “the pageant is not just a beauty pageant; we don’t want to only focus on the girls’ physical attributes…We want some of the projects that the girls do contribute to in a significant way to their final score.”
Eligible delegates will be drawn from a pool of girls between the ages of 18 and 25 who are single, have no children, are Guyanese by birth. Suitable applicants have until February 22 to apply by visiting the Miss Earth Guyana website, www.missearthguyana.com or by visiting its 15 Ketley and Drysdale Streets, Charlestown Georgetown office or by contact members of the management committee on telephone numbers: 612-0247, 653-0436, 697-5127.
They can also visit the official pageant Facebook page under the handle of Miss Earth Guyana and on Twitter and Instagram – @missearthgy.
Coronation night is slated for April, 28, 2018.
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