A candlelight vigil and fundraiser is being planned for the former Magistrate and Virgin Islands Party (VIP) candidate Charmaine Rosan-Bunbury, who succumbed to breast cancer late last year.
The vigil dubbed ‘Light up the Night’ will be held on Saturday at 5pm at the Long Bay Beach on Beef Island.
Persons attending the vigil must pay an entrance fee of $25.
Event organizer and sister to the deceased, Cindy Rosan-Jones said proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated towards the BVI Cancer Society and the Sensus Health Club’s Free Mammogram programme.
The two entities have been assisting hundreds of women seek medical attention annually.
“They have been supportive of my sister when she was away [seeking medical attention], so we want to do this in remembrance of her and to raise funds for them,” Rosan-Jones said.
She said the vigil’s location at Beef Island is very sentimental to the family who is originally from East End.
During the vigil, there will be a walk along the beach to honour the former magistrate. The walk will be followed by talks about breast cancer by the Cancer Society.
Feedback from public
According to the organizer, members of the public are welcoming the new initiative.
She said persons who will not be able to attend the vigil have indicated a willingness to still donate to the cause.
“This is the first one and we expect it to grow from here. It will be held each year.”
Meanwhile, details of the funeral service for Rosan-Bunbury is not yet finalized as her body is still in the United Kingdom.
Rosan-Bunbury unsuccessfully ran as an at-large candidate in the 2015 general elections under the VIP banner.
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