The Girl Guides Association of Dominica winds down its 90th anniversary celebrations with a health fair this weekend.
A collaboration with the Ministry of Health and themed, ‘Our Health, Our Wealth, Time to Take Control‘, the fair takes place this Saturday.
Marcia Dublin of the Girl Guides Association of Dominica says the association realised that the adoption of healthy lifestyles in Dominica requires more encouragement and support even among the Girl Guides.
Dublin said, “When the [girls]come to meetings, we notice the snacks that they bring. When we go camping, the sort of things that they bring along with them, and even what they ask for on the menu. We realized that this is very serious. Overall, at the national level as well, we noticed the concern in reference to non-communicable diseases, the threatening situation of cancer among very young persons, and the situation of HIV among our very young, working class persons. That has raised a bit of concern for us,” she shared.
“Also the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have raised a number of issues in relation to healthy lifestyles. We realized because of this, that as part of our 90th Anniversary, we need to focus a bit on healthy lifestyle.”
Dublin says the association wanted to reach out to the public in an impactful way.
Dublin said, “Throughout the years, we have always been highlighting at our meetings with the girls the need for healthy eating, the need also to maintain a healthy lifestyle and because of that we realized that we needed to do something. In order to do something at a national level, we thought it would be best if we could collaborate with the Ministry of Health. We were indeed so happy that they embraced the invitation.”
On Saturday, patrons will have access to health checks and counselling services, as well as activities for children.
The association labels it as a family event and encourages the general public to participate.
It takes place on the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard from 9am to 3pm.
The Girl Guides Association of Dominica was started in 1929 and to date has 700 members across the island.
In 1987 it became an associate member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, and attained full membership in 2008.