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Pink Caravan Ride in Fujairah

PinkMA18 jpgThe eighth annual Pink Caravan Ride team of 14 horse riders, and hundreds of volunteers and ambassadors set off on the second day of their breast awareness campaign in the rugged emirate of Fujairah.


Staring at City Centre Fujairah the ride mapped 15 kilometres of the emirate in 5 hours, carrying the message of hope and making several stops through their journey to promote the message of breast cancer awareness and the benefits of its early detection. The pink brigade selected Fujairah Hospital and the Fujairah Fort as its two pit stops, before finally concluding the day’s campaigning at the Fujairah Corniche.


The higher steering committee of the ride revealed that the selection of a mall as the starting point of the ride was a strategic attempt to capture the attention and imaginations of the highest possible number of community members who would be visiting the City Centre to begin their weekend.


The riders on their thoroughbreds covered 3.2 kms to reach the first stop, the Fujairah Hospital. The campaigners actively interacted with hospital visitors, sharing with them the importance of regular screenings as a sure shot way to detecting a malignancy at its very onset. The scenery in Fujairah was inspiring, with the Hajar mountains standing tall on either side of the pink cavalcade, as though paving the way for hope and awareness.


Next stop was the 16th century Fujairah Fort, an icon of strength and history for the entire nation. The riders had a commemorative photograph right with the majestic castle in the background, and from that vantage point were able to draw several people including school children who inquired about the campaign.


Medical clinics for free breast cancer screenings, mammograms and other relevant tests were set up in Masafi Hospital, Fujairah Hospital and ComeSurge Emirates Hospitals and Clinics Fujairah. All units received visitors through the day from 10am to 6pm.


PinkVan jpgThe Pink Caravan Medical Awareness Committee shared the second day’s tally of screenings as 659, which included 595 women and 64 men. These included 125 locals and 534 expatriates, comprising 171 people in the 40+ age category and 488 individuals below 40 years of age. After the initial screenings, 471 walk-ins were given the safe card, 166 were referred for a mammogram, and 22 were advised to undergo an ultrasound.


All along the equine route, numerous volunteers were seen actively distributing information materials and medical check-up schedules to bystanders and passers-by. From Fujairah Fort, the Pink Caravan began the last leg of its journey in the emirate, travelling 5 kms to the Fujairah Corniche, which marked the conclusion of the equine ride.


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