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School donates to Cancer Society programme


Sheria Brathwaite

School donates to Cancer Society programme
Head boy and head girl at the People’s Cathedral Primary School, Zachary Burke and Gabrielle Grazette, presenting the cheque to Karen Catwell of the Barbados Cancer Society. (Picture by Jameel Springer)

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The graduating class at the People’s Cathedral Primary School donated $1 000 to the Barbados Cancer Society’s Breast Screening programe on Monday.

During the presentation held at the Bishop’s Court Hill, St Michael school, chairperson of the graduating committee, Lisa Martin, said that the students wanted to give back to their community and contributed a portion of the money they raised during a fundraising event.

Principal Heather Bryan said she was proud of her students, adding that it spoke to the holistic type of education the school offered its pupils.

“Our aim is just not to educate for the Common Entrance Exam, as some people usually think, but we are about getting them to understand all about life and cancer is around us,” she said. “Almost every person has somebody who has been diagnosed with the condition, whether it be a mother, or someone else. So if these children at this age learn about the condition early they would learn how to tend to the body and so on.”

Office manager of the Breast Screening programme, Karen Catwell, said the donation would go a long way, pointing out that awareness started with the “little ones”.

Catwell said the COVID-19 pandemic had impacted the programme, as people were timid about getting screened. However, she said things were picking back up and the organisation was continuing to spread awareness about the condition and encourage men and women as young as 40 years old to get a checkup done.  (SB)