Pink Caravan concludes its pan-UAE journey at Zayed University

12 Feb 2013

His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, President of Zayed University, and HE Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade, attended the closing ceremony of the Pink Caravan’s annual ride, the pan-UAE breast cancer awareness and detection initiative by the Friends of Cancer Patients charitable organisation (FoCP), which was held at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, on the 12 of February.

The ceremony was also attended by HE Michael Corbin Ambassador of the United States to the United Arab Emirate and a number of dignitaries and senior officials as well as Pink Caravan ambassadors and various media representatives.

The 3rd annual Pink Caravan Ride received great government and public support. The 10-day ride started on February 2, with a total of 150 riders completing a 323 km horseback journey across the UAE, during which the accompanying medical teams provided early breast cancer detection tests to over 5000 individuals, and raised awareness about the importance of early detection and self examination through a series of awareness and training sessions. The awareness campaign was the largest of its kind in the UAE and the entire region.

At the beginning of the ceremony, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, HE Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade, and US ambassador to the UAE HE Michael Corbin extended their greetings and expressed their admiration for the outstanding efforts they exerted and great results they achieved in this year’s journey to the Pink Caravan’s riders, medical team, and officials. They, accompanied by HE Ameera BinKaram, President of the Board of Trustees and Founding Member of Friends of Cancer Patients, visited the Pink Caravan’s mobile clinic at the University and viewed the Pink Caravan Golden Hands Exhibition, which exhibits the hand prints and moulds of a number of Sheikhs, senior officials, public figures, and celebrities who have significantly supported the Pink Caravan’s journey and contributed to its success.

A number of officials and VIPs present at the ceremony commended the significant role of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah and his wife Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, Founder and Royal Patron of the Friends of Cancer Patients charitable organisation (FoCP) who were behind the launch of this great initiative three years ago. The Pink Caravan campaign shows the leaders’ care for the people of the Emirates and was extremely well received by citizens and expatriates, enabling the initiative achieve commendable and praiseworthy results and establish a cross-border reputation. The turnout and positive feedback have encouraged the Pink Caravan’s officials to continue their annual tradition following excellent results in terms of diminishing the impact of breast cancer.

The Pink Caravan’s team was highly admired and appreciated by the government and private organisations as well as by the public, who praised the tremendous efforts being exerted by the Pink Caravan’s teams to provide breast cancer clinical examinations to all applicants and the team’s eagerness to provide their services with highest level of professionalism, efficiency, and compassion when dealing with applicants. These have significantly contributed to breaking the barriers surrounding the disease and encouraging greater response to early detection examination.   

The Pink Caravan also seeks to raise Dh15 million to acquire mobile clinic, fully equipped with modern screening technologies, that will enable the campaign to provide breast cancer screening services to largest number of applicants possible, both women and men, across the UAE and throughout the year. Acquisition of the high-tech mobile clinic will help the Pink Caravan to more efficiently carry out its strategic goal of fighting breast cancer in the UAE.