Shaikha Futtaim bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum donated AED500,000 in support of Pink Caravan.
The pan-UAE breast cancer awareness initiative by the Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) charitable organisation is one of the leading humanitarian initiatives dedicated to healthcare and awareness in the country and region.
The philanthropic gesture comes in recognition of the outstanding results achieved by the Pink Caravan’s team throughout the Emirates and in support of its objectives of educating the public and controlling the impact of breast cancer in the UAE. The Pink Caravan was able to provide early detection breast cancer screening to over 20,000 applicants since its inception in 2011 and has held dozens of awareness sessions across the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Shaikha Futtaim bint Mohammed - Pink Caravan’s Ambassador - said: “Every day our country celebrates new achievements and successes by our citizens and continues its efforts to support humanitarian causes and introduce new models of support, and thus the Emirates enjoy a high reputation in this regard all over the world. No doubt, these achievements are the results of the unlimited support of our leaders and reflect the loyalty of our citizens to their country as well as their eagerness to contribute to its growth and welfare.”
She said: “I am proud of the Pink Caravan and its achievements and privileged to be an ambassador of this great initiative. It is an honour to be able to represent all the women of the UAE. I am delighted to be part of this mission and join this remarkable effort. I wish all the team the best of luck.”
Shaikha Futtaim called upon all organisations and individuals to support the Pink Caravan and to contribute to this unique breast cancer control initiative in the UAE, which requires the collective efforts of all involved – government and community – to fight breast cancer and spread awareness about the disease. The positive public responses to the initiative and the increasing number of applicants from year to year are proof of the increase in awareness.
Ameera Bin Karam, President of the Board of Trustees and Founding Member of the Friends of Cancer Patients Charitable Organization (FoCP), said: “One of our greatest achievements is the huge support we continue to receive at both official and public levels. We are pleased to have Shaikha Futtaim join our list of elite ambassadors. We are proud that she has elected to join our team and extend, on behalf of the entire team, heartfelt thanks to her for her generous contribution, which will further motivate us to continue to fulfil all our goals.”
Bin Karam added: “As part of our endeavour to boost the Pink Caravan’s success, we have, over the past two years, been actively selecting a group of ambassadors from our nation’s Shaikhs, public figures, and celebrities in the spheres of business, society, sport, and art, to represent the Pink Caravan and introduce our vision and mission to their communities. I would like to thank all of our ambassadors for their dedication, commitment and contributions and hope that all members of our society and our country’s numerous organisations will support and encourage our esteemed ambassadors.”
The Pink Caravan’s 3rd annual pan-UAE horseback journey ended on a high note last Tuesday. During 10-day campaign, the Pink Caravan’s medical teams provided a total of 5000 early detection breast cancer screenings to men and women from all over the Emirates.