According to the foundation’s president, Pamella Armstrong-Hendrickson, the walk has been growing in significance since its start six years ago. She said, “The very first walk we were amazed, because we had over 300 people… Last year we had over 900 persons participating. So, we are preparing for over 1,000 walkers this year.”
The walk will be held on Saturday, 17th October, starting at the lower parking lot of Caribbean Cinemas complex, Buckley’s. Starting at 6 a.m., the walkers will take the F T Williams Highway to the last round-a-bout in Frigate Bay, where breakfast will be served.
The walk is a very important event for the Essence of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, as it raises funds that are used to assist persons who need help for treating breast cancer. Hendrickson explained that after the shock of being diagnosed for breast cancer, the next problem is finding the financial resources to treat what she described as “a very expensive disease”.
“The second shock is where am I going to get the money? Where am I going to get treatment? That’s where we come in,” said Hendrickson. “That’s why the walk and all the activities that we have are so important, especially the walk, because that is where we get most of our funding from. It is the walk,” she said.
She continued, “We have never said no to any family over the past six years, so it is very important that people support the cause by buying t-shirts and participating in the walk.” But Hendrickson wants to see more of the corporate community taking an interest in the cause. “There are only so many fund-raisers you could have in a year,” she pointed out.
Hendrickson did say, however, that there will be a major corporate sponsor on board this year, but an appropriate announcement will be made in coming days.
“The month of activities is coming, and we want everyone to come out and support the walk on the 17th October,” Hendrickson invited.