Monday, October 13, 2014

BTVI Holds Pink Wednesday to Support Cancer Awareness

Pretty in Pink: BTVI’s Manager and Consultant, Dr. Iva Dahl has a pink ribbon tied in her hair.

The fight against cancer continues and the staff, faculty and students of The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) joined in with their recent Cancer Awareness Day.

Team BTVI supported ‘Pink Wednesday,’ a community service event in an effort to bring further awareness to the prevalence of cancer and early detection of the deadly disease.

Organized by the Student Affairs department, the informative and exciting event was vital, as early detection is known to raise survival rates.  Student Affairs Coordinator, Racquel Bethel said it is imperative that young people take cancer awareness seriously.

“It is vitally important that our young people manage their own health.  Some of them feel because they are young, they are invincible, but simple measures such as watching one’s diet and check-ups can aid in making healthy choices,” said Ms. Bethel.

DELECTABLE cupcakes were on sale. All proceeds go to The Cancer Society of The Bahamas.

From pink cupcakes and cakes to pink lemonade and pedicures, BTVI’s Pink Wednesday was bigger than last year’s.  Helping to create a fun-filled environment was Mr. Brown impersonator and Prime Time Dion from ZNS Radio.  Many students, staff and faculty wore pink and visited the information table where campus nurse, Nursing Officer, Voreetis Barr provided information on breast cancer.

Additionally, a "Celebration of Life" wall was a feature of the day. Names and messages to cancer survivors and the families of those who passed on, were mounted.  There was also a poignant moment of silence, followed by the release of pink and white balloons into the air.

Moreover, Ms. Bethel underscored the importance of getting students to give back to the community.  All proceeds from Pink Wednesday will go to the Cancer Society of The Bahamas.

“We want to make our students good citizens.  People have cancer and they’re hurting, their families are hurting and we want to support the cause.  We want our students to pay it forward,” she said.

BTVI’s Pink Wednesday Cancer Awareness Day was supported by staff, faculty and students

This serving of cake looks deliciously good!

BTVI’s Data Administrator, Annestasia Farrington and Registrar, Samara Sands smile for the cameras as they adorn beautiful pink blouses

BEAUTIFUL SMILES for the camera: BTVI’s Admissions and Registration clerk, Lana Simmons and Financial Aid Assistant, Daisy Thompson, are pleased to support the fight against cancer

Looking pretty and smiling: Beauty Trades clerk, Shantique Longley and Head of the Beauty Trades department, Donnalee Minnis, were all dolled up in pink

LOOKING SHARP: The debonair Zhivon Young poses with Alexandria Stuart in his bow tie for Pink Wednesday activities 

NOT CAMERA SHY, this student is excited about helping support survivors of cancer

PAYING IT FORWARD: This cosmetology student purchases cake at BTVI’s Cancer Awareness Day

Members of the BTVI Daycare Centre team in matching t-shirts during Pink Wednesday activities

BTVI Fashion Design instructor, Kathy Pinder designed a cute, pink ensemble to represent all cancer survivors and those who have passed on.  Shown to the rear is BTVI’s Associate Vice President of Fund Development, Alicia Thompson.

TEAM BTVI: Registrar Samara Sands; Student Affairs Coordinator, Racquel Bethel and Human Resources Manager, Zakia Winder teamed up for an event that proved successful

BTVI’s students, staff and faculty were determined to paint the town pink during Pink Wednesday Cancer Awareness Day.

BTVI’s Manager and Consultant, Dr. Iva Dahl being interviewed by Mr. Brown impersonator


Balloon release in honour of cancer survivors and in memory of those who have passed on

SMASHING SUCCESS: The Student Affairs team helped to make Pink Wednesday a success

LADY IN PINK, Head of BTVI’s English department, Cara Gibson, has her hair twisted during the event

PINK HAIR, PINK LIPSTICK, PINK CLOTHES. BTVI students helped to paint the town pink during Pink Wednesday

A kaleidoscope of pink!  BTVI employee, Melanie Ferguson flashed a pretty smile as she prepared to release balloons in honour of cancer survivors and those who have passed on.

No one quite does it like Mr. Brown impersonator. He kept the crowd rolling in laughter during his performance at BTVI’s Pink Wednesday activities.

PINK MANICURES on Pink Wednesday at BTVI

By Hadassah Hall
Public Relations Officer
The Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute (BTVI)
Nassau, Bahamas
Direct line: (242) 502-6376
Switchboard: (242) 502-6300
Twitter: BTVI242

BTVI's mission: To provide learning opportunities that enable individuals to be globally competitive and economically independent.