Commonwealth Point of Light 38. Susan Roberts
Susan Roberts, representing The Bahamas, founded ‘The Cancer Society of The Bahamas’ in 1976 and the ‘Cancer Caring Centre’ in 2004, playing a fundamental role in improving cancer care in The Bahamas.
The Centre has housed over 1,000 patients who live on the outer islands of The Bahamas and need to travel to Nassau for specific medical treatment. She is currently aiming to raise $3 million to fund an expansion of the Centre so it can include a day care unit and a hospice. Susan has led national campaigns encouraging more people to sign up for breast cancer and prostate cancer screenings. She has also fundraised for scholarships so Bahamians can undertake oncology related research abroad.
The award for Susan was presented by Asif Ahmad, UK High Commissioner in The Bahamas.
“I am extremely honoured to receive the Commonwealth Points of Light Award as a volunteer working with the ‘Cancer Society of the Bahamas’. I accept this award on behalf of the many volunteers who work with our society and all cancer patients and family members on the difficult journey. The society in its 42 years has achieved much but there is still so much to do.”
Asif Ahmad, UK High Commissioner in The Bahamas, said:
“I am honoured to have presented Susan with this award in the Bahamas. Her service and dedication to the ‘Cancer Society of The Bahamas’ is a true example of community spirit and volunteerism. Having met Susan, I have no doubt that we have made the right choice.”