GTT’s “Pinktober” continues to raise awareness of cancers in Guyana
– need for more collaboration to help save lives – GTT CEO
The list of activities for the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph’s (GTT’s) flagship “Pinktober Month” for 2019 officially commenced on Monday with a cancer symposium and the telecommunications giant is urging that more corporate entities join its fight against all forms of cancer.
Pinktober month is aimed at raising cancer awareness and facilitating access to support for all Guyanese. In 2017, GTT raised $4 million while in 2018 the company was able to almost triple that amount.
This initiative has resulted in the company being able to continue its fight against cancer by providing support to multiple foundations and according to GTT’s Chief Executive Officer, Justin Nedd, for this year, his company aims to do more.
“Today is the October 1st and it kicks off a series of events that we have for the month, the month of Pinktober. And why are we doing this? GTT takes pride in bringing people together and connecting people…it is important for us to be connected to drive things like early detection right through to palliative care”, Nedd stated.
At the symposium, various health officials and guest speakers elaborated on the various forms of cancer affecting the Guyanese populace and reminded that the fight against this deadly disease is everybody’s business.
The GTT CEO stated that there is scope for improvement in relation to cancer awareness and treatment and, therefore, it is necessary that more persons get on board.
“We have quite a bit of work to do and that is why it is absolutely important that we continue to come together because if everybody puts just a little bit, we can save lives together. We do look forward to stronger policy…and from the organisations’ end and from the individuals’ end we really want to collaborate and come together and raise funds because much of this cost quite a bit of money.”
The concept of Pinktober was birthed out of a marriage between the significance of the colour pink in the cancer society and the month of October which is a month set aside for Cancer Awareness.
This initiative by GTT is held annually and has created a calendar of activities that will engage the public.