The success of Pink Caravan’s journey should not be measured by the kilometres it travelled in the past six years, but by the number of detections, free screenings and medical advice provided by brave giving women who completely committed to the nation’s health and safety, H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah has said.
He added, "The Pink Caravan Ride does not just give a call for breast cancer screenings – it takes awareness, hope and medical expertise from emirate to emirate, making early detection screenings and advice more than accessible to the citizens and residents of the nation. I call out to all women sitting at home to come forward and take a screening test during the PCR campaign. Early detection is one of the best ways of defeating breast cancer."
The Ruler of Sharjah was speaking during the opening ceremony of the 7th Pink Caravan Ride on Tuesday.
The Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club was dressed in the most vibrant shades of pink on a bright March morning, where the Ruler of Sharjah and his wife H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Founder and Royal Patron of the ‘Friends of Cancer Patients’ (FoCP), International Ambassador of the World Cancer Declaration for Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and International Ambassador for Childhood Cancer for UICC, arrived to attend the opening ceremony of the seventh annual Pink Caravan Ride (PCR), on Tuesday.
Themed ‘Seven Years.. For Seven Emirates’, the 10-day ride will cover all seven emirates from 7th to 17th March, offering free breast cancer screenings, raising awareness about the disease, and spreading the message of the importance of early detection.
"Everyone watching and listening to this, don’t stay away from the great actions that will be taken during this seventh ride. Its success depends upon your participation and giving," Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi added.
To conclude an inspiring address, the Ruler of Sharjah said, "Inshallah when we gather next year for another edition of PCR, I hope the Pink Caravan can share that all screenings undertaken came out cancer-free. This is achievable when everyone joins hands in safeguarding their own health and that of others."
He inaugurated the ride’s first-ever fixed medical clinic, one located in every emirate offering free medical examinations until the 17th of March.