Breast cancer ini­tia­tive

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Over 500 bik­ers took part in the Pink Oc­to­ber At­las Mo­tor­cy­cle Ride yes­ter­day, which in­cluded a Bike Expo.

A va­ri­ety of bikes from dif­fer­ent time pe­ri­ods in­clud­ing cruiser bikes, vin­tage bikes and much more were ex­hib­ited.

Pink Oc­to­ber is the an­nual month-long in­ter­na­tional breast cancer ini­tia­tive.

The ride was from Ghajn Tuffieha to the Ta’ Xbiex gar­dens. Riders paid a €10 reg­is­tra­tion fee, mean­ing around €5,000 was col­lected. Do­na­tions, how­ever, have not yet been counted. One of the or­gan­is­ers said that some peo­ple would chuck in €100 do­na­tions and quite a few were col­lected.

The or­gan­is­ers were JPA, and their part­ners are the Marigold Foun­da­tion, Ac­tion for Breast Cancer and Europa Donna Malta.

The ob­jec­tives of the cam­paign is to raise aware­ness of the im­por­tance of liv­ing a healthy life, a call to ac­tion for per­sons to screen them­selves as the ear­lier cancer is caught, the more likely it could be cured. The money col­lected will go to­wards the pur­chase of ma­chin­ery for the On­col­ogy Cen­tre.

Malta reg­is­tered the sec­ond high­est in­ci­dence rate for breast cancer in 2011, ac­cord­ing to Euro­stat fig­ures. Since then, the ab­so­lute num­ber of newly reg­is­tered cases of breast cancer per year have gone down marginally, from 349 in 2011 to 209 in 2013, the most re­cent data from the na­tional direc­torate for health in­for­ma­tion shows.

The Pink Oc­to­ber 2016 cam­paign aims to raise €90,000 from cor­po­rate spon­sors, pri­vate do­na­tions and from var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties which will be held through­out Oc­to­ber. The funds will be used to pur­chase a Fax­itron Bio­vi­sion ma­chine to fur­ther en­hance di­ag­nos­tic pre­ci­sion and ef­fec­tive­ness dur­ing breast and other cancer re­lated surgery.

Over the last three years, Pink Oc­to­ber has raised €150,000 in funds and is now rec­og­nized as Malta’s largest fund rais­ing and aware­ness event on breast cancer.

Photo: Jonathan Borg

Over 500 bik­ers, in­clud­ing a biker and his dog, took part in the Pink Oc­to­ber At­las Mo­tor­cy­cle Ride yes­ter­day. #pinkoc­to­ber­malta

Pho­tos: Jonathan Borg

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