Annual ball will have a personal twist for Caribbean chairman

Ally Clarke and High Commissioner of Saint Lucia HE Eldridge Stephens OBE
Ally Clarke and High Commissioner of Saint Lucia HE Eldridge Stephens OBE

THIS year’s Friends of the Caribbean Ball is set to be another scorcher.

With a three course Caribbean meal, mixed with authentic entertainment from Lady Sax player Anna Brooks and international reggae star Peter Hunningale, the ball is looking to raise as much money for the Prostate Cancer Charity as possible.

The charity has a personal meaning for group chairman Ally Clarke, who himself was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the cancer early last year.

After undergoing eight and a half weeks of radiotherapy and various hormone injections, which will continue for the next 18 months, Ally is confident that with treatment the contained problem will be fine.

That is why he is encouraging as many people as possible to come to the ball on Saturday, July 16, at the Hilton by Doubletree at stadium:mk, so they can raise vital funds to help people who find themselves in a similar position.

Ally said: “I’m on a mission to get the message out there about prostate cancer. Despite the fact African Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than their white counterparts, there is a serious lack of awareness. There’s lots of misunderstanding and misinformation in the Caribbean community, so I want to do what I can to help men feel in control about their health. I got tested and with treatment I am now going to be fine.”

The evening will also have special significance for Ally as it is the first time that three high commissioners, including dignitaries from Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago, will be in one room outside of London.

Other important names on the night will include consultant urologist at Milton Keynes Hospital Mr Iqbal Anjum and Mayor of Milton Keynes, councillor Alan Richards.

Chief Executive at The Prostate Cancer Charity, Owen Sharp, said:

“I had the pleasure of meeting Ally a couple of weeks ago, and was impressed with his passion and determination to spread the word to other men. Raising awareness in the African Caribbean community is one of the key strategic goals of the charity, and we are serious about breaking down lingering myths and encouraging men to avail themselves of the facts.”

Tickets for the event are £60 and can be ordered by emailing info@friendsofthecaribbean.co.uk or by calling Ally on 07831 867875.