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Wanted: Knights to spread cancer awareness in UAE

Staff Reporter /Sharjah
reporters@khaleejtimes.com Filed on January 15, 2020 | Last updated on January 15, 2020 at 08.46 pm
Wanted, Knights, Pink Caravan Ride, spread, cancer awareness, UAE
Pink Caravan seeking UAE equines to join its tenth ride to promote breast cancer awareness.-Supplied photo

Riders who wish to volunteer should be over 16 years of age, with sufficient equestrian skills and experience.

Calling all horse riders: The Pink Caravan Ride (PCR) needs you. The annual breast cancer awareness initiative - which travels around the UAE to offer free health screenings - is calling on horse riders and volunteers to join its 10th ride, set to run at the end of February.

Riders who wish to volunteer should be over 16 years of age, with sufficient equestrian skills and experience.

With the tour around the emirates covering approximately 15km every day for 10 days, riders will be required to clear technical and proficiency tests to ensure their fitness to participate.

Male and female riders interested in participating in the 10th edition of the PCR need to register online at https://www.pinkcaravan.ae/register/ by February 15.

A registration fee of Dh500 will be charged, covering all assessments, as well as the Pink Caravan tabards and other branded livery that will be used by selected equines during the campaign.

Reem BinKaram, chairperson of the PCR higher steering committee, said: "Since its inception 10 years ago, the Pink Caravan Ride has seen thriving participation of talented riders with a strong spirit of volunteerism and civic duty. These volunteers will continue to play a pivotal in driving the campaign's efforts and activities designed to raise breast cancer awareness in the UAE."

Last year, 670 female and male horse riders of different nationalities travelled 1,800km alongside PCR's clinics, which offered free checks to more than 64,000 men and women across the country, BinKaram said.

"Seventy-five positive cases were detected. These numbers represent the PCR's commitment to widen its outreach to promote breast cancer awareness, give cancer patients hope and strength to fight the disease with confidence, and ultimately remind the UAE community that their health is their greatest wealth," she added.

Organised by Sharjah-based civil society organisation Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP), the PCR has been raising awareness on the importance of early detection of breast cancer and offering free medical consultation to UAE residents since 2011 - under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah; and his wife Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, founder and royal patron of the FoCP, International Ambassador of the World Cancer Declaration for Union for International Cancer Control, and International Ambassador for Childhood Cancer for UICC.

How to be a 'Pink Knight'

>Open to male and female riders

>Must be over 16 years of age, with sufficient equestrian skills and experience

>Register online at https://www.pinkcaravan.ae/register by February 15

>A registration fee of Dh500 will be charged, covering all assessments, Pink Caravan tabards and other branded livery that will be used by selected equines during the campaign

 

 

Staff Reporter


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