7th Pink Caravan Ride takes Breast Cancer Awareness to University Students

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  • Riders cover 20 km on their horsebacks through Umm Al Quwain and Ajman  

  • 783 breast cancer screenings and medical checkups conducted yesterday
  • Dr. Karim Seghir, Ajman University Chancellor: “Educating the youth about health is very important for the nation’s economic health and sustainability.”
  • Reem BinKaram: “We seek to increase breast cancer awareness among young people so they are better equipped to make choices and develop habits that will benefit their long-term health and well-being.”

A sunny morning heralded the beginning of a new day for the pink advocates of the 7th annual Pink Caravan Ride, who saddled up to breast cancer awareness, dispel myths and spread the message of the importance of early detection and self-examination.

At the starting point of Day 5 of the Equine, the Umm Al Quwain Hospital, Director of Umm Al Quwain Hospital, Dr Gumaa Al Asy along with senior hospital staff and other supporters welcomed the Pink Caravan Riders with tokens of appreciation and bright smiles. As the ride set off, Dr Al Asy and team were seen marching alongside the Caravan, waving their pink flags and chanting slogans of praises.

The Caravan moved from one location to another, covering the main landmarks of Umm Al Quwain, spreading the message of hope and courage among the emirate’s citizens and residents. They carried their journey forward, making their first stop at the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hospital in Ajman.

Next, the riders trotted into the beautiful Ajman University of Science and Technology campus, where they were greeted by hundreds of students and staff members eager to know what was going on. As the horses took their water break and cooled off for the journey that remained, the Pink Caravan Ride committee and volunteers spoke to students telling them about the purpose of their visit.

Dr. Karim Seghir, Ajman University Chancellor, said: “This is a great initiative, especially because breast cancer is becoming more and frequent these days. It is important for women to be aware so it can be diagnosed as early as possible. It is one of the most curable cancers if detected early.”

“What the Pink Caravan Ride is doing is of crucial importance for the health of the nation, and Ajman University is supportive of any initiative aims at educating and senstitising young women and men. We are especially committed to health studies, and most of the University’s programmes revolves around health, because it is crucial for the country’s economic development and sustainability,” he added.

On her part, Reem BinKaram, Chairperson of the Higher Organising Committee of the Pink Caravan Ride, said: “Pink Caravan’s mission is to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support. Through this Ride and other educational programmes, we seek to increase breast cancer awareness among young people so they are better equipped to make choices and develop habits that will benefit their long-term health and well-being.”

It was Day 6 on the Caravan’s Medical Route, which closed with 783, including 217 locals and 566 expats who underwent 450 mammograms, 288 regular screenings and 45 ultrasounds. Of the total number of visits, 609 walked into the daily clinics, and 174 were at fixed clinics operating in the seven emirates. There were 706 female walk-ins versus 77 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.

The horse riders will set off on today’s journey (Tuesday) at 09:30 from Dubai’s Ministry of Health and Prevention, and travel 21.9 km to reach the Zayed bin Mohammed Family Gathering, where they will end the day’s ride.

Mobile medical clinics will operate across the seven emirates during the 10-day ride. Today, it will offer free breast cancer screenings and other medical check-ups in St Mary’s Catholic Church (for women and men) from 17:00 to 20:00. Those exclusively for women will be available at the mobile medical clinic set up in Wafi Mall’s United Medical Center from 09:00 to 19:00, at Ministry of Health & Prevention from 07:30 to 15:30, at the Etisalat Headquarters from 07:00 to 15:00, and Emirates Transport Headquarters from 09:00 to 15:00.

A number of awareness activities and fund raising events will be showcased across the seven emirates through the duration 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.

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