Bid to create awareness of breast cancer

An all-women motorcycle rally and a hair donation campaign are part of a hospital’s ‘Pink October’ activities to create awareness of breast cancer.

Dr. K. Shantha Breast Cancer Foundation, Dr. G. Viswanathan Group of Hospitals and the biking group Trichy City Riderz will be organising a slow-ride rally from GVN Hospital in Mambalasalai to SRM Hotel near Anna Stadium on Sunday.

“We have targeted female motorcycling enthusiasts because we want to inform women that early detection is key to curing breast cancer. So we have titled the rally as ‘Beat Breast Cancer ride,” K. Govindaraj, managing trustee of the non-profit Dr. K. Shantha Breast Cancer Foundation, said in a press release.

Fifty to 100 women riders from Tiruchi and other cities are expected to take part in the free ride, which starts at around 7.30 a.m. Registration is through the website (http://breastcancer foundation.in).

Aspiring participants will have to show their driving licence and be experienced in using high-performance motorbikes.

All riders will be wearing helmets, safety gear and pink jackets issued by the organisers.

On October 20, the public has been invited to donate hair either by tonsuring or snipping off 15 inches as part of the ‘Bald is Beautiful’ event to be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kalaiarangam Community Hall in Cantonment.

“We want to show our support to breast cancer fighters who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy,” said Dr. Govindaraj. “We have invited a wig-maker from Chennai who will be weaving the donated tresses into hair-pieces for patients. We will provide them wigs free of cost to registered recipients,” he added.

The hair donation will be followed by a stage entertainment programme at the same venue from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring a fashion show where celebrity guests will walk the ramp with cancer survivors.

For more information on the BBC Ride, readers may call (mobile) 9788127638; for Bald is Beautiful (mobile) 9788758469.

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