St. Theresa House in its Fight Against Breast Cancer

Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 October 2013 Published: Friday, 18 October 2013 Written by Leandra Lander Photography Munirih Marie

The St. Theresa House (Pink House) of the Convent High celebrated its feast day this year with a difference. October is not only the month of our Patron saint St. Therese de Lisieux but is also the month normally used to raise awareness about breast cancer. The house and the school by extension stood in solidarity with the many teachers island wide and mothers who are affected by this serious infirmity. Our school believes that it must provide our students the opportunity to be informed about their health and their vulnerability to this disease, and additionally to share in the compassion of women like themselves.

Assembly

The usual house feast occurred on Tuesday 1st October at the school. The house and the school offered prayers and hymns in thanksgiving to God for survivors and comfort to grieving families. A special dance was performed by a few fifth forms to ‘Hold my Hand’ by Michael Jackson and Akon. The song ended with the dancers forming a giant pink cancer ribbon with fabric on the court yard. Mrs. Joan Richards, a teacher at the SMP and mother to a St. Theresa House member shared her story of having breast cancer. She encouraged the students to have compassion for those who suffer and to be young women who will walk in God’s ways.

Members of the Dominica Association of Teachers (DAT) and the Dominica Cancer Society were also present. Small Cancer Awareness tokens were handed out. The President of the Dominica Cancer Association, Ms. Kathleen Cornelius expressed her appreciation and gratefulness to CHS for organizing such an event. She noted that the Society is one which aims to Care for its patients and their families.

The Health Fair

A small health fair was held on Thursday 10th October in the CHS Auditorium. Booths were set up by Nature Island Medical Centre (Dr. Blanc and Dr. Roberts), The Dominica Cancer Society, The Dental Unit and Healthy Living & Wellness Centre.

Students especially participated in interactive sessions with the visiting resource persons about breast and cervical cancer. Many students noted that they had learned something new about Cancers and how they could start now to decrease their chances.

Ahead of the fair, at Assembly, Nurse Adora Toussaint, delivered a very informative speech on living healthy. She discussed not only taking care of the physical health but the emotional and spiritual health. She ended with an emotional testimony of losing her eldest sister to cancer. She urged CHS to take care of themselves and offer support to these victims.

The rain could not dampen the spirits on Saturday 12th October, at the grand outdoor Benefit concert at the CHS grounds. One hundred percent of the gate receipts would be donated to cancer victims. Students and parents alike, in their various and creative pink outfits, enjoyed music by over twenty Dominican and school artsits. The in-house performers included Mekisha Harrigan who performed ‘You Raise Me up’ on Violin, dancers Kaymaya Bertrand and Shyanne Lake., Tonilia Eli, Jaide Phillip and. Ayana St. Rose. Janae Jackson, former Junior Monarch and St. Theresa House prefect serenaded the audience as well as led a group of fourth formers in dance.

Michelle Henderson, Pious Jno. Baptiste on Pan and Liesha Jno. Baptiste on Cuatro, Ophelia Marie, Janet Azzouz, Derek ‘Hunter’ St. Rose, Dexter ‘Deros’ Peltier, Tiffany Mayne rocked the crowd but the students were further thrilled when local stars Kayo, Anderson, Mr. Benji, Kross Vybes and of course Colton T graced the stage.

Ms. Victoria Williams, parent of a Form 1-2 student, won a delicious and beautifully decorated cake donated by Mrs. Jodie Shillingford Trew (Jodie’s Sweet Art) of Salisbury. Funds from the raffle also were donated to the cause.

The House thanks all sponsors, staff, parents and students who stood in solidarity for Breast Cancer Awreness. St. Therese will be sure to drop her roses of grace upon you!

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