Tawau Kinabalu Pink Ribbon ‘Pinktober’ Run Oct 15
TAWAU: This year’s Tawau Kinabalu Pink Ribbon (TKPR) ‘Pinktober’ Run with the slogan ‘You’re Not Alone’ will be highlighted by 24 drummers performing and 31 kindergarten students from Tadika Bijak Bestari performing songs and dance.
Its Tawau chairwoman Christy Fe Salazar said they invited the drummers because they found out that drum beating is part of an exercise for prevention of hand Lymphedema which is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system to the arm which can happened after breast cancer treatments including surgery and radiotherapy, according to oncologists.
She said the run will be held on October 15 with the aim of raising the level of breast cancer awareness among the local community through knowledge and education.
Christy said about 2,000 participants are expected and disclosed that only 200 t-shirts are left. Those interested to join can register by paying a fee of RM55 for 10 persons or RM60 for individual.
“This year, we are again in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Tawau and supported by Tawau Municipal Council and Tawau police. This event is to be officiated and flaggedoff by Datuk Hamisa Samat at 7 am sharp at the Tawau town padang. The t-shirts are to be worn as the official attire for the event. Again, this is not a competition but rather a get together to raise the level of breast cancer awareness in Tawau,” she said yesterday in a press conference.
She said currently the TKPR has lived up to its aims and objectives in line with its vision and mission.
“In order to move further, it requires funds to carry out activities and on going education programs to further meet its objectives. This could only be achieved with the generosity, kind support, participation and involvement from the public,” she said.
Christy said TKPR works together with various breast cancer support group and relevant medical authorities not only to raise the level of awareness but to fight breast cancer by empowering and educating women on breast health care and supporting cancer survivors towards a better life.
“Through its awareness and education programme, Kinabalu Pink Ribbon reaches out to as many people as possible regardless of gender, profession or ethnic group. We believe that by doing so, more people will not only become aware of breast cancer and related issues but also become our partners in raising awareness,” she said.
She thanked all sponsors and donors some of whom were from Kuala Lumpur, Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu for their support and generous contribution and donation towards the meaningful cause.
Christy (seated third right), Rotary Club of Tawau president Leung Kwok Yau (seated fourth right), TKPR and Rotary members with the kindergarten pupils from Tadika Bijak Bestari.