The Pink Caravan Ride aims to dispel myths and misconceptions about cancer.
Gulf Today Report
The Pink Caravan Ride (PCR), an annual breast cancer awareness initiative of UAE-based Friends of Cancer Patients society, has announced the official routes for the ride, set to commence its 11th edition on February 4th in conjunction with World Cancer Day. This journey of hope and courage will traverse the seven emirates, with the first day focusing on raising awareness for the most prominent and preventable types of cancer, including breast, skin, colon, prostate, testicular, childhood, and cervical cancer.
The ride will begin on February 4th in Sharjah and Ajman, with riders starting at Al Heera Beach in Sharjah, the official opening ceremony at 8:00am and the start of the procession at 9:00am. The journey will take riders through the streets of Sharjah with an estimated arrival time of 11:30am at Heart of Sharjah (Al Hisn). In the afternoon, riders will begin at Thumbay Hospital Ajman at 3:00pm and end at Al Zorah Marina 1, encountering notable areas in Ajman, with an estimated arrival time of 6:00pm.
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On Day 2, the ride will take place in Dubai, starting at DIFC Gate Avenue at 8:00am, passing by Marasi Parking at 9:30am, then Skydive Dubai at 10:45am, passing by JBR at 12:30pm and ending at City Walk at 3:30pm.
Day 3 will take place in Sharjah, with riders starting at BEEAH Group at 8:00am and then heading to Sharjah Media City (SHAMS), Sharjah TV, Al Jada, and Sharjah University City Arena, before ending at University Hospital, with an estimated time of arrival at 4:30pm.
Day 4 will take place in UAQ, with riders starting at UAQ Wall at 9:00am, passing by UAQ Hospital, and ending at Kite Beach at 12:00pm. While starting point 2 at UAQ is at Hamriyah Fisherman's Marina at 2:30pm, visiting significant places such as Hamriyah Ladies Club, with an estimated arrival time of 4:00pm at Hamriyah Beach.
Day 5 will take place in Fujairah, with riders starting at Kalba Waterfront at 8:00am and ending at East Coast Fishing Charter Kalba Corniche at 9:15am. Then, starting point 2 will be Kalba Corniche at 10:00am and ending in Fujairah Umbrella Beach at 12:00pm. Finally, starting point 3 will be from Old Souq Khorfakkan at 1:00pm, with an estimated arrival at 5:00pm in Khorfakkan Amphitheatre.
Day 6 will take place in Ras Al Khaimah, with riders starting at Saqr Hospital at 9:30am, passing by Cove Rotana Resort and ending at Mina AlArab Lagoon at 4:30pm.
The final day, Day 7, will take place in Abu Dhabi, starting at Oasis of Dignity Parking at 10:00am, passing by Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and ending at Health Point at 12:30pm, with a closing ceremony at 6:00pm in Al Hudayriat Island.
Throughout the ride, free breast cancer medical screenings will be available, including clinical, ultrasound, and mammograms for both women and men. The Pink Caravan Ride aims to dispel myths and misconceptions about cancer and encourage early detection and prevention. Join PCR on this journey of hope, where we will raise awareness and strive for a future free of cancer.
For information on riders' routes and free breast screening locations across the UAE, follow Pink Caravan's social media accounts: @thepinkcaravan.
The annual Pink Caravan Ride (PCR) that travels around the seven emirates for seven days every February, for breast cancer awareness and more importantly, encourage both men and women for free consultations and mammogrammes, has been pushed back to the fourth quarter of 2021.
Nawal, who is 45 years old, said: “My experience with breast cancer was very difficult, as it was discovered by chance. I did not do any examination.”
This year, 11 women in the age group of 32 to 52 tested positive for breast cancer during the ninth annual Pink Caravan Ride, PCR, and have been sent for further examination.
Only 6 women tested positive out of a total of 11,007 people screened; 4,296 checkups and screenings in Sharjah. Amongst the six cases detected at the 10th edition of the Pink Caravan Ride, two women were from Egypt and one each hailed from Morocco, Iran, Jordan, and Bangladesh.
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