7 brilliant ways to get involved this Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Dubai
Think pink this October…
Mothers, daughters, wives and sisters; we all have wonderful ladies in our lives who are at risk of breast cancer. The month of October is dedicated to raising awareness of this disease which affects one in eight women.
Many initiatives in Dubai are helping to raise money and awareness, promoting self-examinations, and enhancing research and clinical trials which will facilitate early detection and increase the chances of survival for all the women we love the most.
Here are ways you can get involved, find support, or access medical resources in Dubai for Breast Cancer Awareness Month…
IGNITE Pink is Punk
When: October 8, 10 and 29
Ignite’s initiative Pink is Punk is back for Breast Cancer Awareness month. This 100 per cent non-profit organisation is one of a kind and has partnered with the Al Jalila Foundation as its charity beneficiary. IGNITE has organised three different activities throughout October and will donate 100 per cent of its proceeds to support treatment and research. Make sure to register online so you don’t miss out on the fun.
Saturday, October 8 Pink swim and run Dhs73.50-315
Monday, October 10 Pink full moon yoga for Dhs105,
Saturday, October 29 Pink Paddle Dhs105-157.50
IGNITE, Shoreline Residences 8, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Tel: (0)52 249 5311, ignite.ae
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The Pink Caravan started in 2011 and has achieved so much in this time. Not only do they organise activities and events which raise awareness, but this caravan also educates and provides medical resources. For breast cancer awareness month in Dubai, The Pink Caravan will be hosting free examinations across the Emirate. Throughout the month, all ladies can go to any one of their pop-ups for an examination, information or support. Visit their website to see all the venues and timings available.
Additionally, you can get involved with their Pink Steps challenge, learn at their educational lectures or donate on their website.
Euromed clinic is offering free 15-minute manual breast checks for all women throughout October. Women’s health expert, Dr. Sana will be conducting these examinations, detecting and ensuring that if there are any issues they are flagged early. However, spaces are limited so make sure to book an appointment.
Euromed Clinic Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 1 Dubai, Mon to Sat 10am to 7pm, Sun closed, Tel: (0)4 394 5422
When: Saturday, October 15
Award-winning organic makeup brand, Liht Organics, is partnering with Zulekha Hospital this October for breast cancer awareness. Liht will be holding a free masterclass at April Beauty Store in Dubai Mall, to raise awareness of the links between different forms of cancers and the chemicals in makeup. The attendees will receive a free breast cancer screening as well as a free consultation with a surgeon or oncologist.
April Beauty, Dubai Mall, Sat October 15, 12pm to 2pm, lihtorganics.ae
Delta Hotels by Marriott Jumeriah Beach
When: Sunday October 30
During the month of October, Delta Hotels by Marriott Jumeriah Beach invites guests to enjoy two activities where all the proceeds will go to aid awareness and research into breast cancer. On the 30th of October between 7am and 9am, all yogis can enjoy a rooftop yoga session. For Dhs75, this also includes a healthy breakfast after your morning stretch.
Delta Hotels by Marriott Jumeriah Beach Dubai, Sun October 30, Dhs75 for yoga and breakfast, Tel: (0)4 439 8888, marriott.com
This support group provides a space where women can share their experiences and offer moral and emotional support. These initiatives are vital to the healing process of all those affected. Brest Friends was established in 2005 by the UAE’s first female surgeon and partnered with the Al Jalila Foundation in 2015. Together they collaborate to raise awareness of the importance of early detection as well as the need for additional research and treatments.
To join the Brest Friends support group email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to their website brestfriends.org
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Majlis Al Amal
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This unique cancer drop-in centre is the first of its kind. Majlis Al Amal is a community centre dedicated to female cancer patients and their well-being. The Centre is located on the ground floor of Al Jalila Foundation and is a haven for cancer patients and their loved ones to enhance their emotional health in a supportive environment. The Al Jalila Foundation is also always looking for volunteers so do not hesitate to get in touch.