(Eleuthera, Bahamas) – Eleuthera ladies from all ages and all walks of life were out in full support of the Eleuthera Imaging Program on Sunday, April 3rd, 2016, at the Eleuthera Arts and Cultural Center, located in Tarpum Bay, where an afternoon Tea Party was held by the One Eleuthera Foundation.  Delicious bush and traditional teas, along with delectable eats were all part of the social affair, which now in its third year, welcomed adolescent and young girls to the female fellowship and celebration of life.  Some of the fun highlights of the afternoon included a feisty hat parade, where ladies showed off the latest head wear fashions, as well as a mini modeling segment, showcasing the youngest ladies at the tea party and their fabulous  girls couture. 

Community Outreach Coordinator with the Foundation’s Breast Cancer Outreach Program, Maisie Thompson, who was hostess and mistress of ceremony during the event, and Robin Curry, Team Coordinator with the One Eleuthera Foundation (both pictured L-R in photo on near right), updated the ladies present on the status of the Imaging Program, which has been anticipating receipt of a state of the art mammogram machine donation as well as an ultrasound machine, for which a special room has been reconstructed and prepared – to the tune of approximately $40,000 – at the Eleuthera Cancer Society’s Wellness Center in Palmetto Point.  While the latest update was that the program was to expect the mammogram machine during the month of April 2016, there have been extensive delays during the past year, accorded to ‘red tape’ by the Ministry of Health.

 Ms. Thompson, encouraged all of the women present to personally lobby in any way that they could to push the initiative forward, and to communicate to the decision makers holding up or stalling the reality of the equipment arriving, the urgency of the need for the mammogram machine on the island.  Just one day earlier, on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, yet another 47 year old mother was laid to rest in South Eleuthera, after losing the battle with breast cancer.  There was thunderous applause in support of the call to action.

 Organizers also introduced a new program being launched by the One Eleuthera Foundation called the ‘Female Empowerment Movement’, which they said would serve to advocate for women in Eleuthera.  A number of young, professional women were introduced as part of the FEM’s team, including; attorney, Dania Anderson; research assistant, Shapreka Clarke; attorney, Renique Carey; teacher, Ashley Hall; as well as development and communications assistant, Embri Stuart.

Women of all ages and walks of life turned out in support of the Eleuthera Imaging Program at the One Eleuthera Foundation Annual Tea Party on Sunday, April 3rd, 2016, held at the EACC in Tarpum Bay.