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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In conjunction with the International Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, Perak Women for Women Society (PWW), Pink Champion Society Perak and Pantai Hospital Ipoh organised the Pink October Carnival to raise awareness on the disease and women’s issues. It was held at the Polo Ground recently.

One of the relevant events on the programme was the Walk-A-Hunt where teams of participants hunted for clues concerning breast cancer and women-related issues.  These clues were derived from participating booths and the surroundings. Dato’ Hj Abdul Rahim Md Ariff, Ipoh City Council Secretary, flagged off the hunt.

Breast cancer awareness

Other activities consisted of Bowling to Beat Breast Cancer, where coconuts were used as bowling balls and recycled bottles as bowling pins. Participation among the spectators was keen.

Breast cancer awarenessOne other event of relevance was the Walk-In-Her Shoes where men wore high-heel shoes and paraded in front of the crowd. The objective was to make the male participants know how it felt to be in a woman’s shoes. Some were game enough to dress themselves as women.

Pantai Hospital Ipoh provided health screening and other NGOs dispensed information on breast cancer and women’s issues. Booths selling food and knick knacks enhanced the prevailing carnival atmosphere. A flash mob dubbed, “One Billion Rising” prompted the crowd to join in the dance. The message of the group dance was preventing violence to women.

Maybank presented aids to Pink Champion Resource Centre in the form of a personal computer, breast prosthesis and wigs. It will also organise a workshop for counsellors.

The finale saw the Executive Councillor for Health, Tourism and Culture, Nolee Ashilin Dato’ Mohammed Radzi, giving prizes to winning participants. She then officially closed the event.

Ed

Ribbon of Life Campaign

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By James Gough

Pantai Hospital Ipoh recently launched their Ribbon of Life Campaign in conjunction with the World Heart Awareness and Breast Cancer Awareness programmes. The launch included an interactive public forum in which speakers spoke on related topics.

Ms Ranjit Kaur moderating a Q&A with other 'survivors'

President of the Breast Cancer Welfare Association, Ms Ranjit Kaur, herself a ‘survivor’ shared her experience during her “Journey in Breast Cancer” in which she clarified the facts and myths when one is faced with this disease. Her testimony was light saying that being a woman is a high risk job and reminded all “to be responsible for oneself by going for regular check-ups to enable early detection.”

Ranjit later moderated a group of survivors who also shared their experiences in handling the disease. The campaign kicked off on October 1 at Pantai Hospital where staff and family members underwent a weeklong free ECG and clinical breast examination. The campaign will continue over the next two months with road shows covering villages and corporations such as TNB, banks and factories.

For fund raising, a 10-day art exhibition is planned featuring the impressions of Perak Heritage sites. Proceeds from the sales will go toward the Persatuan Pink Champion Perak (a Breast Cancer Survivor Support Group) and the Breast Cancer Welfare Association.

The last activity of the campaign is a massive bicycle rally through Ipoh which is scheduled for December 18.