October is breast cancer awareness month and throughout the world, female-related non-governmental organisations would initiate activities to create awareness on breast cancer among their communities.
Today, at the Polo Ground, the Pink October Carnival was organised, a collaborative effort of Perak Women For Women (PWW), breast cancer support group Pink Champions Perak, Pantai Hospital Ipoh and Ipoh City Council, to raise awareness on the disease and women’s issues, as October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Pink October Carnival 2013 was launched by Ipoh City Council Secretary Dato’ Hj. Abdul Rahim Md. Ariff, on behalf of Ipoh City Mayor. He also flagged off Walk-A-Hunt, one of the activities lined up in conjunction with the carnival.
Besides the usual health checks and dispensing of information, particularly on breast cancer, other highlights included “ten pink bowling” and ‘Walk In her shoes”, where men were challenged to walk in high heels, with the objective to create awareness in gender equality and to help stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence.
Maybank Bhd., the corporate sponsor of Pink Champions Perak, presented aid to breast cancer survivors in the form of breast prosthesis, bras and wigs. Pink Champions Perak, on the other hand, received a personal computer for their resource centre, among other sponsorships.
The carnival wrapped up with the One Billion Rising flash mob, a performance to demand an end to violence against women and girls.
Breast cancer is the number one cancer among women in Malaysia and makes up of 30% of all new reported cancer cases in the country. One in 19 Malaysian women is at risk of being afflicted with breast cancer at some point in their lives. Although breast cancer is a “female cancer”, it also affects a small number of men. As with other cancers, early detection is the key, starting with Breast Self-Examination (BSE).
Event: Pink October Carnival 2013
Venue: Polo Ground, Ipoh
Date: 27th Oct, 2013
Time: 7.30am – 11am
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