St. John the Baptist (SJB) Anglican Church A.C.W. held its Annual Monica Adderley Fun Run/Walk on Oct. 18 at the church grounds. The walk is held to raise awareness for the fight against cancer, and is named after its patron – Monica Adderley – a nine -year cancer survivor.
Valerie Dean invited all participants to join hands and form a prayer circle before the event began. With 185 participants registered, the competition was stiff although there were not many who opted to run, so the runners led the way throughout the route that wove its way from the Parish Hall to the Shervin Archer Circle (airport roundabout) and back to the Parish Hall.
The winner for the Over 50 Men’s (M) Walk was: Edgburt Tinker, and for the Over 50 Female (F) Walk: Lorna Rolle. The husband and wife duo of Troy Sims and Wendy Sims won the 50 & Under Run Male and Female categories. Troy Sims also won the overall running trophy along with Lorna Rolle for the overall winner for the walking category.
In the 50 and under Walk, the winners were James Martin for the men’s category, and Courtney Chandler for the women. Next up was the 40 & Under Walk, where Chris Pinder captured first place for the men, while yours truly – Canishka Alexander – secured a first for the women.
Moving along, the winners for the 30 & Under Women’s Walk was Alisha Williams, and for the Women’s Run: Brandisha Adderley. In the 20 & Under Women’s Walk, Nakara Adderley took the win, and Pavel Bailey won in the Men’s Walk. Ebony Hanna received a first-place medal for the 20 & Under Women’s Run, and Lorenz Carter placed first in the 20 & Under Men’s Run. Finally, in the 12 & Under Walk, Deondrea Wilkinson won for the females, and Jack Edgecombe was the male winner.
Also receiving an award was Jack Edgecombe as the youngest participant. All of the business groups were recognized for their participation, and included: Bahamas Wi-Max; the Pinder Clan; Ardyss International’s Abaco distributors; North Abaco Sister Sister Support Group; Eve’s Girls; Forest Heights Academy’s Interact Club; FES Construction; the Pink Rose Ball 2014 Committee; Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club; and particularly Bahamas Electrical Corporation (BEC), which had the largest group with 28 participants.
For the first time, a ‘Pink Rose Relay’ was featured, and was comprised of a 6K run with each leg named after “Fighters of Cancer” – Leah Pinder, Sherry Roberts, Annie Lowe, Theresa Pinder, Sherrilyn McKenzie and Yvette Simmons – and sponsored by the Pink Rose Ball Committee. The participants only made up one men’s teams and one women’s team, so first place went to the DNR Striders men’s team and the Major Pains women’s team. Surprisingly, the women outpaced the men in the relay to place first overall.
As participants and organizers dined on chicken and pig feet souse with Johnny cake, awards were distributed. The Pink Rose Ball Committee was also given an item to be used for their Annual Pink Rose Ball on Oct. 25, and a small presentation was made to cancer survivors. Baptist Health International and Ardyss International were acknowledged for their contributions and information booths.
Ardyss Manager Sherell Brown thanked the organizers for the opportunity to be a part of the event, which coincided with their first “Bra Out” event. Customers purchased $100 tickets to receive nutritional supplements and an Angel Bra also known as the “Cancer-Free Bra” for the women, and an Abdomen garment for the men.
Brown along with her fellow distributors (Sheila Simms, Paula Symonette-Guerrier, Lynell Clarke, Lavanda Simms, Althia Simms and Kizzie Whyley-Mitchell) distributed samples of their nutritional supplements and set up two tables with nutritional supplements and garments that assist in the fight against breast and prostate cancer.
Another highlight of the event was the mini pep rally with Mildred Bosfield as the keynote speaker.
“In 2008, I had a double mastectomy, and I am a survivor,” she confidently declared. “How many of you ever stopped to think – ‘Why out of all these people in the world, you were stricken with that horrible disease called cancer?’ It was a part of your destiny.”
She went on to share five important tips on how to survive breast cancer: (1) Follow your physician’s instructions by taking medication daily and on time; (2) Always eat healthy; (3) Remain positive; (4) Exercise ; and (5) Laugh.
Monica Adderley, the patron of the event, agreed with what Bosfield had said specifically on thinking positively. She expressed her gratitude to her siblings and her “sisters” in the church and the community for their full-fledged support.
“They never ever leave me alone, and everybody always makes sure that I stay positive,” she shared. “The main ingredient is to never give up, and always remember that God is in charge.”