Thinking pink to fight breast cancer
Pink ribbons, such as this one at Alfaz del Pi secondary school, were displayed throughout Costa towns yesterday for Breast Cancer Awareness Day
OCTOBER is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which aims to increase and support awareness of this disease, sadly the most common cancer among women.
In the Valencia region, mortality rates for breast cancer have dropped 18.22% since 2000, going from an average of 28.71 deaths per 100,000 women to 23.48 registered in 2015.
During 2015, 3,330 new cases of breast cancer were detected in the region.
Many towns across the Costa Blanca commemorated this week, with Alfaz del Pi, Villajoyosa, Altea and Benidorm displaying the pink ribbon - an international symbol of breast cancer awareness - from their respective town halls.
Alfaz organised a series of events in collaboration with the AECC national Spanish cancer charity and Anemona, a local charity which offers help and support to women with breast cancer.
Throughout the week, information points popped up throughout the town and yesterday, Thursday 19 (World Breast Cancer Day), students and teachers at the IES L’Arabi school in Alfaz formed a human chain and read out a manifesto.
That same evening in Benidorm, a manifesto was read out in the presence of the mayor, Toni Perez, councillors and the fiesta queens.
On Sunday, October 22, Benidorm is holding its main commemoration - a solidarity walk organised by Anemona, setting off at 09.30 from the town hall square. The route will head down the walking street and to the end of multi-coloured wavy Poniente promenade and back, finishing at Calle Bilbao on the Levante promenade where a number of restaurants will prepare some fabulous rice dishes for all the participants.
For the third consecutive year, Benidorm will be supporting a glass-recycling campaign supporting a breast cancer charity.
The campaign is called “Recicla vidrio por ellas“(Recycle glass for them) and is taking place in 18 Spanish towns. For every kilo of glass collected from the pink containers, the recycling company Ecovidrio will give the Sandra Ibarra Foundation one euro.