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Sharjah, 15 March 2017
It was Day 7 of spreading breast cancer awareness for the horseback riders of Pink Caravan Ride, as they trotted into the UAE’s second largest emirate of Dubai. The pink brigade took off to a ceremonial start from The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MHoP), UAE, where the riders and volunteers were seen off in the presence of Reem BinKaram, Chairperson of the Pink Caravan’s Higher Organising Committee, and prominent MHoP officials.
“Pink Caravan is doing a significant job of spreading breast cancer awareness, especially the importance of regular screenings and checkups for early detection of the disease. The incidence of breast cancer in the UAE is high, and your campaign has provided each and every woman and man in the nation an avenue to they can reach out to, to safeguard their health and wellbeing,” said Dr Hussain Abdul Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Undersecretary of Health Centers and Clinics Sector, Ministry of Health & Prevention, UAE.”
“I would like to thank Pink Caravan for their initiation and ongoing efforts. We at Ministry of Health and Prevention always have and will continue to cooperate with them to continue the strong momentum of awareness they have created,” he added.
The PCR advocates took awareness to the Gems Royal Dubai School near Mirdif, in the residential suburb of Al Mizhar 1, where they made their first stop to interact with staff and students.
“It’s been very exciting day for the school today. The children have loved it. We think the work the Pink Caravan Ride is doing is amazing; creating awareness about breast cancer. Initiatives like yours are really important in our communities, and go a long way in educating the younger generations, so thank you very much for stopping by today,” said Suzana Hoskin, Head of Charity at the school.
The riders toured through Mirdif before stopping at Al Mizhar Mall, where they were provided lunch by the West Zone Group. The last phase of the equine ride was undertaken after, which ended around 16:00 at Zayed Bin Mohammed Family Gathering near Mushrif Park.
Medical clinics were set up at the Etisalat HQ, Emirates Transport and MHoP. The day ended with 688 screenings, including 146 locals and 542 expats who underwent 172 mammograms, 466 regular screenings and 50 ultrasounds. Of the total number of visits, 476 walked into the daily clinics, and 212 were at fixed clinics operating in the seven emirates. There were 542 female walk-ins versus 146 males.
Themed ‘Seven Years for Seven Emirates’, the 10-day ride is travelling across the seven emirates from 7 to 17 March, offering free breast cancer screenings, and raising awareness about the disease by emphasising on the significance of early detection.
Signaling the final phase of the 7th Pink Caravan Ride, today’s journey (Thursday) will begin in the emirate of Abu Dhabi at 09:30 from Abu Dhabi Ports. The Caravan will travel 14.5 km to reach the Grand Mosque, where they will end the day’s ride.
Mobile medical clinics will offer free mammograms, breast cancer screenings and other check-ups at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center (for women and men) from 11:00 to 16:00. Those exclusively for women will be available at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 08:00 to 14:00, and at ADNOC from 09:00 to 14:00.
PCR’s last fund raising event open to general public, ‘Pink Strides’ Abu Dhabi, will be held on Friday, 17 March, at Zayed Sports City from 17:00 to 18:00. To participate in this 7-km breast cancer awareness walk, please register at https://www.premieronline.com/event/Pink_Strides_Abu_Dhabi_2546.
To enhance people’s participation and charitable acts in the ‘UAE Year of Giving 2017’, donations for the Pink Caravan, as low as AED 5 can be made by sending an SMS to 2302 (Etisalat or du). Direct fund transfers can be made to Pink Caravan's Sharjah Islamic Bank account. The global online social platform ‘JustGiving’, or PC’s official website, Facebook account - ThePinkCaravan, or their mobile app – Pink Caravan, can also be used for making donations.