GEBE shines light on breast cancer

POSTED: 10/4/11 12:37 PM
President of the Positive Foundation Shelly Alphonso, Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever and Mercedes “Elektra” Wyatt turn the switch on GEBES’s breast cancer awareness lights. (Leo Brown photo) 

St. Maarten – GEBE switched on pink lights at its head office in Philipsburg on Monday evening. The lights are attached to a pink ribbon that states, “Hope lights the way.”

GEBE has also committed to displaying a “Daisy Wheel” with information on breast cancer year round and will finance 100 free mammograms at the St. Maarten Medical Center for women who can’t afford them.

The idea for the lighting came from radio personality Mercedes “Elektra” Wyatt. It is based on her slogan “let your electricity touch someone.” The idea developed further as Wyatt continued to work with the Positive Foundation, to the point where she sent GEBE an e-mail to pitch the idea.

“Here we stand, a little idea that became a reality,” Wyatt said

The lights at Gebe are a new element to the 13 year old commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The Positive Foundation, which is led by Shelly Alfonso, has coordinated the event all that time and Alfonso has pointed out again the need for greater awareness among both men and women.

GEBE is arrayed in pink lights as part of the commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Leo Brown photo)

Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius De Weever congratulated the management of GEBE for being a good corporate citizen and “putting the limelight on Breast Cancer,” along with Electra to raise the awareness. He encouraged everyone to be checked and indicated that they should also encourage their family and their friends, even though they may be stubborn.

“Light is usually the symbol for knowledge and it is my hope that with the lighting up the GEBE building you will also shed the light of knowledge and awareness to the public of St. Maarten.”

Steve Duzanson also presented Electra with a heart shaped collection box as a token of their appreciation and encouraged those present to donate generously to the organization even as the Positive Foundation “gathers steam” for the breast cancer awareness movement.

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