Cancer awareness in Barbados scored another victory on Sunday when over 2,000 runners and walkers took part
in the 2015 Barbados Cancer Society/Globeathon five-kilometre event around Bridgetown.
The third annual event of its kind, sponsored by Sagicor Life and Sagicor General Insurance, the run/walk this year sought to bring focus to efforts in the fight against cancer below the belt.
Children, senior citizens, industry leaders, some of the island’s better known sportsmen and sportswomen, and several corporate groups were among the partcipants, all with the objective of participation and support for a worthy cause.
The event started and finished at the Bay Street Esplanade, where promising triathlete Oein Josiah was the first male home (18.24 minutes) and Marlo Hunte (23.02 minutes), the first female.
The second female to finish was Rachel Chester-Atkinson (23.04 minutes), while Jerome Blackett (19.21 minutes) was the second male and Orin Josiah (19.38 minutes), third.
Noting that the Sagicor Group was proud to support such a worthy cause, vice president of marketing and corporate communications Anderson King said Sagicor was encouraged by the response to the event.
“The Sagicor family take pride in giving back to the community, and we are proud to support the Barbados Cancer Society and other partners in this endeavour. We are happy to assist in bringing greater awareness and action in the fight against cancer,” King said.
Just before the official start of the event, special guest 98-year-old cancer survivor Rosalie Bailey was publicly recognized for her brave fight against the disease, and her longevity, and was congratulated by Minister of Health John Boyce, along with sponsors and organizers.
The brave cancer survivor urged the partcipants to have faith in God, and generated laughter in the audience when asked about her next birthday.
“Only God knows,” she said to cheers and laughter.
Boyce praised the participants for coming out to support the event and also urged them to continue to exercise and lead healthy lifestyles. He also said that Government was committed to working with the Cancer Society and all partners
in the fight against cancer.
On a day when rain held off long enough for the staging of the five-kilometre event, runners and walkers left the Bay Street Esplanade and moved onto Lower Bay Street, across the Chamberlain Bridge, down Wharf Road, Hincks Street, on to Princess Alice Highway, and then turned around outside the Pelican Craft Village.
They then returned along Princess Alice Highway, Prince Alfred Street, up Broad Street, along Trafalgar Street, across Bridge Street and on to Bay Street for the finish.