Project PINK BLUE is a cancer Nonprofit engaged in breast and cervical cancer awareness, provision of free cancer screenings and support to people battling with cancer. This year we organized the PINK OCTOBER WALK, RACE & CYCLING AGAINST CANCER in partnership with Nma Foundation to commemorate the International Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The popular musician, Chidinma Ekile “Ms. Kedike” and Nollywood diva, Oge Okoye led the Pink October Walk, Race & against Cancer with over 200 people and two breast cancer survivors, Khadijat Banwo and Gloria Orji; today Saturday 3rd October, 2015, at Alade Market, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos. It was a 1km walk, 1km race and 7km cycling with @RoadRunners club to create awareness and provide free breast and cervical cancer screenings to women at Alade Market.
“I am honoured to lend my voice to the fight against this disease that has been ravaging women at their prime, it is a worthy cause and I am excited that my foundation- NMA Foundation partnered with Project PINK BLUE to make this happen. I am most happy that we had this event in a market to reach-out low income earners. I encourage every women to always do breast self exam” said Chidinma. While, Oge Okoye, said, “I am supporting this cause in honour of my aunt, who had breast cancer and survived and also, in honour of thousands of women who lost the fight against cancer and those battling with it presently. Being part of an initiative aimed at saving lives is quite close to my heart, and I am excited to meet these lovely and strong breast cancer survivors”.
Runcie Chidebe, the executive director of Project PINK BLUE said that “Seventy-nine (79) women received free clinical breast examination and over forty-five (45) women received free cervical cancer screening. Thanks to all our partners and I strongly believe that we can do more with your support. The strategic vision is to encourage all women in Nigeria to do breast self exam in this October and every month”.
The event also featured the following: Dance Against Cancer, where a celebrity dancer Taiwo Lawal led a dramatic healthy dance. The celebrities signed their signatures against cancer, made pitches against cancer and also participated in the aerobics. While, Peace Emezue and Pamela Umebuani led the Aerobics, Dr. M.O. Nwaneri, a consultant oncologist with St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos made a presentation on breast cancer and Dr. Paschal of Society for Family Health (SFH) made a presentation on Cervical Cancer. A nurse from Pink Pearl Foundation also made a presentation on Breast Self Examination.
Project PINK BLUE has impacted over 771 women directly and indirectly. We have been recognized with Nelson Mandela-Graca Machel Innovation Award, Johannesburg, South Africa (http://bit.ly/1xIbmas); Global Shapers Community Abuja I AM BOLD Award, Shape Africa 2014 (http://bit.ly/1g2rWyx); and Semi-finalist in the Big C Competition by LiveSTRONG, USA (http://bit.ly/1sc6fwF) and listed among Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP 2015).
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RUNCIE C.W. CHIDEBE
Director Project PINK BLUE