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Pink Caravan Riders Gallop to the Forefront of Breast Cancer Awareness On International Women’s Day

Mar 09, 2017

588 free screenings conducted on the second day of the pan-UAE campaign    

PCR rider from Godolphin Flying Start: “It is important to be screened early, so one can be treated early”
PCR rider for the past seven years: “Early screening and detection symbolise hope. It is your chance for a better life”

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Sharjah, 09 March 2017

On Wednesday, 8 March, the 7th Annual Pink Caravan Ride (PCR) team of riders, volunteers and ambassadors set off on the second day of their pan-UAE breast awareness campaign with renewed spirit and fresh resolve.

Staring at Fujairah Men’s College, the ride covered 25.6 km in 8 hours carrying the theme ‘7 Years for 7 Emirates’, and making several stops throughout to promote the message of breast cancer awareness and the benefits of its early detection.

“Today’s ride coinciding with International Women’s Day reinforces the significance of this initiative, and reminds us to celebrate the achievements of women all over the world,” said one of the many female riders in the group.  

Medical clinics for free breast cancer screenings, mammograms and other relevant tests were set up in Eastern Fujairah at Khorfakkan Hospital, and at two locations in Al Fujairah, namely, Al Fujairah Hospital and Dibba Al Fujairah hospital. All units were receiving visitors through the day from 09:00 to 19:00.

At the end of Day 2, total number of free breast cancer screenings conducted stood at 588, of which there were 516 women and 72 men. These included 111 locals and 477 expatriates, who underwent 180 mammograms, 370 regular screenings and 38 ultrasounds.

Of the 588 walk-ins, 169 screenings were conducted at the fixed PCR clinics across the seven emirates, and 419 at the daily clinics.

In support of breast cancer awareness on the occasion of International Women’s Day, 10 riders from the prestigious Godolphin Flying Start, a global leadership programme specialising in the international Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry, were seen riding with Pink Caravan throughout the Fujairah leg of the 7th PCR route.

Stressing on the importance of early detection, 28-year-old Michael Smith from California, USA, one of the riders representing Godolphin Flying Start, said: “I am here because my family was personally touched by cancer. My mother just finished six months of cancer treatment, and she is okay now. She was very lucky they caught it early. It is very important to raise awareness, and for women to get screened early so they can get treated early.”

“Not only for their own health … but for their families as well,” he added.

Godolphin Flying Start is located in Ireland, UK, USA, Australia and Dubai. 

“Breast cancer is not something to fear; if detected early it is totally curable. If you feel something isn’t right with your body, go get it checked immediately – this is one of the main messages we at Pink Caravan Ride aims to reach out to people with. Early screening and detection symbolise hope. It is your chance for a better life,” said Arab Hammoudeh, who has been a Pink Caravan rider in every edition since the inception of the campaign.

“On International Women’s Day, I would like to stress on how much a woman’s health matters to everyone around her, as she takes up diverse roles in society. The Pink Caravan Ride has been spreading the honourable message of health and happiness for seven years. To see all these women walk in, ask us questions, get their check-ups done and empower themselves with knowledge, makes us so happy. All the exhaustion and hard work is worth it,” she added.

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.

Today (Friday) is a day off for the riders, to prepare for the next leg of their journey during which they will cover Ras Al Khaimah, Um Al Quwain, Ajman, Dubai, finally reaching Abu Dhabi where they will campaign for two days before the closing ceremony at Zayed Sports City on 17th March. 

Today, young equestrians and advocates of breast cancer awareness will take centre stage, by participating in the first-ever ‘Pink Caravan Children’s Ride’ - a 7-kilometre horse ride at Desert Palm, Dubai from 14:00 to 17:00. They will be joined by riders from the Dubai Riding for the Disabled Institute, who will be showing their support to the cause by undertaking a professionally supervised 1.5-kilometre ride.

The event has been organised to join the voices of the youth with the Pink Caravan’s breast cancer drive in the nation, and sensitising future generations about the risks and remedies of cancer from an early age.

A number of other awareness activities and fund raising events will be showcased across the seven emirates every day of the ride. To stay updated and participate in these activities, visit http://www.pinkcaravan.ae/events-listing.php.

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.