|12 February, 2020

UAE Pink Caravan Ride: Details of free cancer screenings revealed

The pink knights' UAE-wide journey will start on February 26 and continue until March 6

Image used for illustrative purpose. The world's largest awareness ribbon made of flowers is seen from above during the UAE leg of the Avon Walk around the world for Breast Cancer Awareness walkathon in Zaabeel park in Dubai.

Image used for illustrative purpose. The world's largest awareness ribbon made of flowers is seen from above during the UAE leg of the Avon Walk around the world for Breast Cancer Awareness walkathon in Zaabeel park in Dubai.

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UAE -  Time to get free health checks and cancer screenings: The Pink Caravan Ride (PCR) is all set for its 10th edition this month with more than 350 doctors to be stationed at over 70 fixed and mobile clinics, organisers announced on Wednesday.

The pink knights' UAE-wide journey will start on February 26 and continue until March 6.

Some 150 riders will be joining the caravan to spread awareness about breast cancer, as part of the mission set by the Sharjah-based civil society organisation Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP), the team behind the PCR.

Details of the routes, clinic locations, and schedules, as well as an overview of the awareness and advocacy methods to be incorporated this year, were all revealed by the PCR's Higher Steering Committee at a Press conferenceat held on the Flag Island in Sharjah.

The equine ride will begin in Sharjah on February 26 and 27, where it will have 10 stops, before moving to Dubai where it will spend two days visiting four locations. This will be followed by Fujairah and Khorfakkan, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman before concluding in Abu Dhabi.

Reem BinKaram, head of the Pink Caravan's Higher Organising Committee, said: "The ride provides the latest equipment and screening methods which has contributed to the detection of 75 cases so far. Over the years, PCR has provided 64,012 free examinations costing over Dh30 million, and 670 of our volunteer riders have travelled over 1,800km so far."

She said the slogan for the 10th ride, 'Plenty Is Not Enough', confirms that the movement created by the PCR is growing every day.

"We have been able to foster a sense of togetherness that is the crux of the UAE's culture, and enabled the creation of an environment where cancer-related issues are a part of public policy, openly and comfortably discussed, and a part of the national agenda," BinKaram said.

Speaking about the tenth edition, Dr Sawsan Al Madhi, director-general of the FoCP and head of the PCR medical and awareness committee, said: "Within a few years, the Pink Caravan Ride has turned into a huge volunteer campaign resonating around the world, as it is in line with the global need to combat breast cancer. It is also an expression of the culture of cooperation and partnership which prevails in the Emirati society, driving individuals as well as institutions."

GUIDE TO THE 10-DAY RIDE: February 26 to March 6

WHERE TO CATCH THE PINK KNIGHTS

Day 1: Sharjah

>> Flag-off from Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club (SERC) at 10am

>> There will be five stops where the team will conduct awareness activities

>> They will have pit stops at Mughaider Children Centre, Muwaileh Commercial and end the day's ride at the Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 Monument at 7pm

Distance to be covered: 11.2 km

Mobile clinics

(Exclusively for women)

>Mega Mall and Sahara Mall: 2pm-10pm

>Sharjah Ladies Club: 10am-6pm

>Sharjah Broadcasting Authority: 9am-1pm

(For men)

Jubail Market: 10am-6pm

Day 2: Sharjah

>> Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry at 8am

>> First stop at the Sharjah Islamic Bank

>> Followed by Abdullah Ibn Abbas Mosque, Mega Mall Sharjah, Sharjah Police Headquarter and the Supreme Council for Family Affairs

>> Ends at Al Majaz Waterfront at 5.20pm

Distance to be covered: 21 km

Mobile clinics

(For women)

>Mega Mall and Sahara Mall: 2pm-10pm

>Sharjah Islamic Bank Head Office: 2pm to 10pm

(For men)

Sharjah Police Head Office: 10am-6pm

Jubail Market: 10am-6pm

Day 3: Dubai

>> Ride starts at the Gate Avenue at DIFC, 4pm

>> The only stop would be at the Dubai Boulevardn at 6pm

Distance to be covered: 5km

Mobile clinics

(For women)

>Dragon Mart: 2pm-10pm

>Town Centre Jumeirah: 2pm-10pm

>La Mer: 2pm-10pm

(For both men and women)

>Zabeel Park: 10am-6pm

>Mamzar Park: 10am-6pm

Day 4: Dubai

>> Begins at Al Mamzar Beach, 8am

>> Followed by three stops, Al Mamzar Park, Etihad Museum, Salt-Kite Beach

>> Ends on Sufouh Beach at 5pm

Distance to be covered: 21km

Mobile clinics

(For women)

>Dragon Mall: 2pm-10pm

>Town Centre Jumeirah: 2pm-10pm

>Kite Beach: 2pm-10pm

(For men and women)

>Mamzar Park: 10am-6pm

>Zabeel Park: 10am-6pm

Day 5: Fujairah and Khorfakkan

>> Starts at the City Centre Fujairah, 8am

>> Stops at Flag Island, Century Mall, Fujairah Corniche, and Khorfakkan Old Market

>> Ends at Khorfakkan Hospital at 6.15pm

Distance to be covered: 24km

Mobile clinics

(For women)

>Khorfakkan Hospital: 10am-6pm

>Al Siji Primary Health Centre: 10am-6pm

>Century Mall: 2pm-10pm

(For men)

>Fujairah Preventive Medicine Department: 10am-6pm

(For men and women)

>Fujairah Hospital: 10am-6pm

Day 6: Ras Al Khaimah

>> Ride starts at HCT-RAK Women's College, 9am

>> Awareness drive to be conducted at Saqr Hospital and Manar Mall

>> Ends at Al Qawasim Corniche by 5pm

Distance to be covered: 21km

Mobile clinics

(For women)

>RAK Mall: 10am-6pm

>Al Hamra Golf Club: 10am-6pm

>Saqr hospital: 10am-6pm

(For men and women)

>Shaam Hospital: 10am-6pm I

>Indian Public School: 2pm-10pm

Day 7: Umm Al Quwain

>> Equestrian ride starts at the Sheikh Khalifa General Hospital at 9am

>> First stop at the Industrial Area and then at Umm Al Quwain Hospital

>> Ends on Kite Beach at 4.40pm

Distance to be covered: 21km

Mobile clinics

(For women)

>Falaj Al Mualla Health Centre: 10am-6pm

>Al Salama Health Centre: 10am-6pm

>Al Khazan Health Centre: 10am-6pm

(For men)

UAQ Preventive Medicine Department: 10am-6pm

(For men and women)

UAQ Hospital: 10am-6pm

Day 8: Ajman

>> Day's activities begin at 9am at Ajman Corniche

>> Followed by stops at the Municipality and Planning Department and City Life Al Khor Mall

>> Ends at Sheikh Medical City, at 4.30pm

Distance to be covered: 17km

Mobile clinics

(For women)

>Mushrif Health Centre: 10am-6pm

>Sheikh Khalifa Medical City: 10am-6pm

>Ajman Corniche: 2pm-10pm

(For men)

>Dragon Mall: 2pm-10pm

Day 9: Abu Dhabi

>> Starts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at 8.30am

>> Followed with stops at the Abu Dhabi Corniche, Marina Mall and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre

>> Day's activities end at Health Point by 4.50pm

Distance to be covered: 14km

Mobile clinics

(For women)

Abu Dhabi Ladies Club: 2pm-10pm

>Dalma Mall: 2pm-10pm

>Khalidia Mall: 2pm-10pm

>Marina Mall: 2pm-10pm

Day 10: Abu Dhabi

>> Following the tradition, of the Pink Caravan Ride is wrapped up in the Capital on the last day

>> Journey ends on Hudayriat Island.

Distance to be covered: 5km

Mobile clinics

(For women)

Marina Mall: 2pm-10pm

>Dalma Mall: 2pm-10pm

>Khalidia Mall: 2pm-10pm

>Al Hudaryiat Island: 10am-6pm

 
 

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