The ninth edition of the Pink Caravan ride kicked off on February 23 in Sharjah. What makes this annual procession unique is its participants - 150 equine riders clad in pink and white and the volunteer-run mobile clinic equipped with a mammography unit.
The ride was flagged off by Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi at the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club on Saturday. Also present at the event were Shaikha Jawaher Bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, Founder and Royal Patron of the Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP), the force behind this campaign.
Dr Shaikh Sultan said, “Nine years have passed with people exerting their efforts to spread breast cancer awareness in the UAE. Many lives have been saved by these efforts. Today, all you brilliant rays of hope have come together, once again, to ensure this march continues to safeguard the health and well-being of our community.”
During the week-long event across all Emirates, the team will be travelling 154km to raise awareness about the importance of regular screenings and early detection in successfully tackling the dreaded disease. After Sharjah, the caravan will reach Ajman on Sunday, Dubai on Monday, Umm Al Quwain on Tuesday, Fujairah on Wednesday, Ras Al Khaimah on Thursday, and, lastly, Abu Dhabi on Friday.
This year, the ride is expecting to touch the lives of 9,000 people. Around 30 mobile medical clinics across the country and seven fixed clinics, one in every emirate, are offering free check-ups and screenings to both women and men throughout the duration of the campaign.