Brownies Support Cancer Awareness In Bermuda

March 9, 2023

First Devonshire Brownies learned a lesson from cancer survivor Donnamae Postlethwaite, a former Brownie, Guider, and current council member of Guiding in Bermuda.

A spokesperson said, “First Devonshire Brownies learned a lesson on resilience and compassion when they heard from former Brownie, Guider, and now council member of Guiding in Bermuda, Ms. Donnamae Postlethwaite, veteran member of Guiding in Bermuda..

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“Donnamae, breast cancer survivor, was invited to speak to the Brownies about the upcoming Relay for Life Cancer Awareness Extravaganza at the National Stadium in May.

“She shared her journey with cancer and explained to the girls how her persistence to beat cancer paid off. She underwent every treatment and lifestyle change recommended.

“She shared the origin and purpose of Relay for Life and encouraged the Brownies to attend the event at National Stadium.

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“The Brownies donated $200 toward Bermuda Cancer and Health’s efforts to support cancer patients and decorated bags which will join the thousands of luminary bags placed around the stadium with sand and a tealight inside.

“The girls, who range in age from 7 to 10, shared names of relatives who succumbed to cancer and survived cancer and decorated the bags with glitter, paint, feathers and bright pictures honouring those who succumbed to cancer and saluted those who survived cancer in Bermuda.

“The Girlguides plan on doubling their donation to Relay for Life and will have a stall at the stadium with participation again this year.

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“The mission of Relay for Life of Bermuda is to raise awareness and funds to support access to cancer prevention, early detection treatment, and support provided by the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre.

“97 percent of the funds raised support Bermuda Cancer Health Centre’s Equal Access Fund, ensuring that everyone can utilize the Centre’s services, which include mammography, ultrasound, breast and prostate biopsies, and radiation therapy without a copay.

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“Three percent of the funds go to Relay for Life’s cancer control initiative worldwide.

“Girlguide Commissioner, Virginia Simmons, Brown Owl Cathy Bassett and Tawny Owl Danica Bascome provide ongoing awareness of community and service ventures to the Brownies on an ongoing basis.

“The Brownies presented Ms. Postlethwaite and Commissioner Simmons with two gemstones in honour of their stellar service to Guiding in Bermuda.”

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