GTT Pinktober Gives $4,752,600.00 to Save lives

Written by  Wednesday, 01 November 2017 00:00

When GTT launched the Pinktober initiative just over a month ago, it was unimaginable the impact the initiative would have had on the lives of thousands of persons and communities across Guyana.

GTT's intention was to raise funds for the Guyana Cancer Foundation to bolster their programme of raising awareness and to facilitate screening with the aim of saving lives.

Several activities were done which gave the general public a chance to team up with GTT to contribute to the cause. And contribute they did.

GTT is grateful to have been able to do more through this campaign. The company is determined to enter the hearts of our communities in order to be more than just a telecommunications company, but an entity that cares, and one that truly believes that "Together we can make a difference" in whatever we seek to achieve.

GTT did Pinktober in its own unique way. Who could forget GTT's novel observance of "No Bra Day" when a number of male volunteers including the company's Chief Executive Officer, Justin Nedd, GTT Brand Ambassador Drew Thoven, Kerwin Bollers from Hits and Jams Entertainment and Robbie Singh from Pulse Entertainment, wore pink braziers as a gesture of solidarity for women who are fighting breast cancer.

The private and Government sectors, the Diplomatic community, and private individuals all supported a GTT hosted Pinktober Fund Raising Benefit Dinner, which was held at the Kokomo Room, Palm Court. The evening provided opportunities for GTT Cancer Warriors to share their stories of survival and resilience. Cancer Warriors, Anjuli Beharry-Strand, Marilyn Dewar, Mitzy Campbell, Rosaline Clarke, Leslie Black and Bibi Hassan were also honoured at the event as a show of recognition for their strength and their contribution to the fight against Breast Cancer.

Many of the persons who attended the Benefit Dinner remarked on how touched and inspired they were by the strength and hope of those who told their warrior stories The proceeds from that dinner event are included in the total donated today.

The biggest and most successful event was the Inaugural Pinktober 5K/10K Walk/Run on October 21, which attracted over 5,000 participants. Registration for the event was 2,000 which allowed for $500 to be donated to the Guyana Cancer Foundation and also provided participants with a three-day mobile data plan compliments of GTT as well as a free ticket to two major upcoming concerts which will soon he hosted in Guyana: the best gospel concert featuring Travis Green on November 3 or the best reggae concert featuring Chronixx on November 18.

 

But more than that, the 5K/10K Walk/Run provided a platform for every participant and the over 200 volunteers to join in showing their support for the cause. One of the most poignant moments in the programme was the release of 2,000 Pink helium balloons, with each one representing someone who lost the fight to cancer. There was a visible show of emotion from the thousands who gathered. The formation of the human ribbon gave those present an opportunity to join together to do and experience something which was never done before in Guyana.

The Pinktober campaign with support from all across Guyana was able to raise a total of $4,752,680.00 which was today presented to the President of the Guyana Cancer Foundation Ms. Bibi Hassan who will use it to continue the Foundation's mission of saving lives. The presentation of the cheque was done by GTT's Marketing Consultant, Samantha Gooden.

Everyone who contributed to the several fund raising events should be proud to know that their contribution will make an impact on saving the lives of the many.

Speaking at today's event, HE the First Lady of Guyana, Mrs Sandra Granger, commended Gil for the excellent work done during Pinktober.

Cancer Warrior, Nicola Shultz, volunteer Dexter Marcus and wheel chair bound participant Tiffany Warde all shared their positive stories of being part of the Pinktober experience.

GTT's Brand Ambassadors Saiku, Poonam and Drew Thoven presented framed mementos of the Human Pinktober Ribbon to co-sponsors, nurses and doctors who all are all part of the fight against breast and other cancers.

Each attendee at the event, lit a candle to a darkened room at the end of the programme symbolic of the hope we hold for all the Warriors. They also wrote notes of hope and encouragement which were placed in a "box of hope" to be read to those who are either afflicted or affected.

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