Insurance Company Of The West Indies Partners With Essence Of Hope Foundation Jermine Abel ICWI representative handing over the cheque to the Foundation’s President, Pamela Armstrong (L) Private sector entity Insurance Company of the West Indies (ICWI) is lending substantial financial support to the fight against breast cancer with an EC $10,000 donation to the Essence of Hope Foundation. The donation was described as timely in light of the month of October being observed as ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’. Pamela Armstrong, President of the non-governmental organization expressed her delight at having the entity partnering with them this year. Over the years they have called for a number of organizations to join the fight against breast cancer, with a few giving support, she said. “We are honoured that ICWI has chosen Essence of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation to do good while doing business. I believe this is the beginning of a great relationship, so on behalf of all the members of Essences of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, we say thank you, and we welcome you.” Since its formal inception in 2010, the NGO has spent approximately $45,000 to assist or fund persons to travel overseas to seek treatment for breast cancer, one of the foundation’s members revealed. “For the past five years since we have been in existence…we have spent approximately $45,000 to assist women with mammograms. A mammogram costs approximately EC$350 and although it might sound small to us because some of you are in the middle income bracket…$350 is a lot of money to find when you have to do so many other things.” She noted that there is still tremendous work to be done when it comes to fighting breast cancer in the federation. ICWI Branch Supervisor Marsha Clayton said that her company understands the pain and cost families suffer in dealing with the disease. “This is why we have taken the decision to join the chorus of voices and the brigade of organizations and individuals who are engaged in the fight for a cure and the relief so badly needed by women of all ages, races and social standings.” She expressed her company’s joy to be partnering with the Essence of Hope foundation as their title sponsor for their month of activities, adding that it forms part of the company being a good corporate citizen in the fight against breast cancer in St. Kitts and Nevis. “ICWI has for decades been like an angel for women shown in the creation of our road angel…For over 35 years we have recognized women by reserving preferred rates and unbelievable benefits.” Clayton disclosed that the company will do a similar gesture throughout the region where they have other offices. Andrew Skerritt, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health has pledged his ministry’s support to the foundation. “We will partner with you in whatever way we can to bring breast cancer awareness to the very dinner tables of the residents and citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis.” The foundation holds two major events during its month of activities to raise funds- its breast cancer walk ( October 17 ) and its Cocktail Party ( October 23 ). They also hold the very popular ‘I love Pink day’ scheduled for October 30 . Over the years, the breast cancer walk has gradually increased in numbers starting at 300 in 2010 to just over 1000 in 2014. Currently, the foundation is aiming to have a wing constructed at the JNF Hospital that will give cancer patients a place of comfort while at the health institution.