Tawau Kin­a­balu Pink Rib­bon ‘Pink­to­ber’ Run Oct 15

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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.

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