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Breast Cancer Awareness event a success at TelEm Group main office

Breast cancer awareness campaigner and radio personality Elektra brought an important “Wellness” message to TelEm Group workers during a visit to the company. She spoke to TelEm Group workers about breast cancer awareness and screening, during an informative session at the company’s main building on Pond Island, Friday.

TelEm Group men also lent their support to the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign, Friday, by wearing pink ribbons and posing with a giant ribbon to bring home their message.
Elektra’s message was about the importance of breast cancer screening for women and men to catch the disease in its early stages when early treatment can be most effective

The visit was part of TelEm Group’s observance of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month during which personnel, customers, family and friends of TelEm Group are encouraged to learn more about Breast Cancer awareness and the effects of the disease on women and men alike.

The visit was organized by the Human Resources & Development Department and also included health checks by medical professionals from the St. Maarten Medical Center and also by students of the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) based in Cupecoy.

According to Human Resources and Development Intern, Shakima van Heyningen, two offices in the TelEm Group building were turned into make-shift screening rooms due to a delay in the arrival of the Mobile Medical Bus where screening was scheduled to be given.
“The rooms were first sterilized before use and made up for not having the bus due to circumstances beyond our control,” said Shakima.

She said, Friday’s screening sessions, along with the informative talk by Elektra, who also demonstrated how to do self-examinations turned out to be a successful event overall with 63 persons taking part.

“The participants were very grateful for the information and also for the initiative of the Human Resources Department and Management to arrange for this important event for family and staff,” continued Shakima. She said those who attended also received a “goodie bag” at the end of their session containing a cup cake and some Breast Cancer Awareness promotional items, including, pins, bracelets and pens.

A special Breast Cancer Awareness corner set up in the Lobby area by the Marketing & Sales team has been getting its own attention and adding to more public awareness about breast cancer in the St. Maarten Community.

Visitors to TelEm Group’s main office on Pond Island are encouraged to take a picture in the specially decorated corner and then to post their picture online to pass on the message of the importance of breast cancer screen to others in the community.

“We have seen several pictures online and encourage more customers to come in and help us send out even more messages before the Breast Cancer Awareness corner is pulled down at the end of the October month,” said Marketing Officer, Stephani Jong Loy, during one photo-taking session with a cooperative customer recently.


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