Pink Caravan breast cancer ride to start in March

The seventh Pink Caravan ride, a pan-UAE breast cancer awareness initiative by Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP), will take place from March 7 to 17. The annual activity, which promotes the importance of early detection of breast cancer in women and also men, will set off on a 10-day mission to dispense free health advice and medical screenings across the country.

The date for the ride was approved by Shaikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Founder and Royal Patron of FoCP, International Ambassador for the World Cancer Declaration of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and International Ambassador for Childhood Cancer for UICC.

Shaikha Jawaher said: “Investing in people and their well-being has been UAE’s core movement proving the world that citizens are a country’s most valuable resources. Our nation’s achievements and success stem from the very seeds of our wise leaders, who prioritised human capital in order to ensure a brighter future for generations to come. Today, the UAE has been a world leader in its investment in its own people, and has achieved one of the highest ranks in the world for citizens’ happiness and satisfaction.

“The Pink Caravan initiative, which has saved the lives of many and brought a positive change for people and communities on a national scale, is one of the many steps we take to ensure that we continue on capitalising on citizens’ healthcare services. Our focus is to ensure that citizens are receiving the best of care and awareness programmes because their well-being is important to us and to the future of our great nation.”

Shaikha Jawaher Al Qasimi highlighted that over the past six years, Pink Caravan has established itself as a major community initiative, and that it has set a new standard for cancer outreach services in the region.

She paid tribute to and praised the immense efforts exerted by the late Ameera Bin Karam in leading the Pink Caravan over the past six years, and supporting all committees, riders and volunteers.

Shaikha Jawaher underlined that the well planning by Bin Karam for the next ride, which will commence on March 7 for the first time without Ameera’s presence, forms an additional motivation to work harder in order to achieve the goals set to enhance the role of this humanitarian initiative in raising hope and awareness and providing treatment to breast cancer patients.