The San Pedro Cancer Society has become a well known organization on Ambergris Caye, and earlier this month it held a bake sale to raise funds for those battling cancer in and around San Pedro Town. Â Now, in its second event of the year, a Candle Walk has been held.
On the evening of Tuesday February 4th, the San Pedro Cancer Society called on locals to attend the Annual World Cancer Awareness Day Candle Walk. Â After the great turnout for the bake and pie sale, which resulted in a total of $1,105.85 being raised, the society was hoping that many more people would come out for the candlelit vigil. Â It seems that their prayers were answered as many of the townÂs residents flocked to the streets to participate.
Included in the walk were members from the San Pedro Lions Club and the mayor of San Pedro himself, Daniel Guerrero. Â Students, families and cancer survivors also joined those walking through the streets carrying a candle. Â It was an opportunity to show awareness and unity in the cause to fight cancer. Â It also offered people the chance to reflect on their own battle with cancer, or perhaps about those who have already been lost to this disease. Â Starting in Central Park, the procession made its way through the streets, being led by the Isla Bonita School Band.
After the candlelit walk, the San Pedro Cancer Society held a small raffle to raise even more funds for this great cause. Â Ilsa Salazar was lucky enough to win first place, taking home a cell phone donated to the prizes by Smart. Â Tropic AirÂs generous donation of a round trip was won by Isela Graniel, whilst Melanie Paz won third prize, and a pizza from Island Torch Restaurant. Â In addition to the raffle ticket donations, the cancer society also welcomed additional funds of $500 from the Castillo Hardware Store and $320 from the employees of Belize Bank San Pedro Branch.
After yet another successful event, the San Pedro Cancer Society has got 2014 off to a blazing start, raising a lot of money to help those battling this awful disease. Â The funds will be used to help those on the island, and also funneled towards cancer research. Â With many events yet to come, residents are encouraged to attend and support as many as possible.