Dario Grandison and Carlie Pipe emerged winners when the 2017 Barbados Cancer Society/ Sagicor/ Globeathon five-kilometre run/walk event was contested around Bridgetown.
An annual event aimed at bringing greater focus and awareness to efforts in the fight against gynaecological cancers, close to 3 000 runners and walkers took part in last Sunday’s event which started and finished in Bay Street.
Grandison, a well known former inter-school 5,000m champion, completed the route in 17.01 minutes while Pipe finished in 21: 38 minutes. Both runners collected cash prizes among their winnings; 21 year-old Grandison also qualified for an all-expenses paid trip to Jamaica to compete in the 2018 Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run.
The fifth annual event of its kind, sponsored by Sagicor Life and Sagicor General Insurance companies, attracted walkers and runners of all ages, all in support of a worthy cause. Industry leaders, well-known business executives , some of the island’s better known sportsmen and women and several corporate groups were also among the participants.
Executives of the Sagicor group of companies said they were proud to partner with the Barbados Cancer Society and other entities to support such a worthy cause and were encouraged by the growing response to the event over the years.
The Sagicor family, the company’s executives added, are committed to assisting in bringing greater awareness and action in the fight against cancer and also in helping local and regional communities to lead healthy lifestyles.
Just before the official start of the event, special guest and 100-year-old cancer survivor Rosalie Bailey was publicly recognized for her brave fight against the disease. She cut the ribbon to formally get the event on the road.
One of the organizers of the run/walk charity event , and country captain of Globeathon-Barbados, Dr. Vikash Chatrani, reported they were seeing success in their objective of bringing greater focus to the topic of women’s cancers. He noted more people were coming forward to be tested.
The Sagicor/Globeathon event has been an essential vehicle in raising funds towards the treatment of ‘below-the-belt’ cancers in women. Chatrani reported that the monies raised had allowed them to purchase important equipment for the Gynaecological Cancer and Diagnostic Unit at the island’s main hospital.
“We have refurbished the unit, we have acquired an ultrasound and we are seeking to buy a cold coagulator as well as new beds, with warmers, to accommodate women doing pap smears,” said Dr. Chatrani.
He added: “We have been going from strength to strength – every year the walk gets bigger; every year more people are aware of what they need to do to prevent these gynaecological cancers …and more people are coming forward to be tested”.