By Halima Musfirah Ansar Zaman
October is internationally recognised as Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM).
More than 25% of all cancers diagnosed in women are breast cancers. Between 2010 and 2014, about 1,856 women were diagnosed to have breast cancer in Singapore each year. The main aim of this CAS activity is to provide awareness to the people in our community and throughout Singapore, about the raising concerns for the people diagnosed with Breast Cancer by walking for 4 kms and raising money. This is a great opportunity to show compassion towards others and to also ,at the same time, make them feel that they are not alone, that they have support from all of us and we are ready to help them as many ways as possible.
The event took place near Marina Bay Sands at the event square at 2 pm. The weather was calm and peaceful making it an ideal day for such kinf of outside activities. The events consisted of massages, warm up sessions, singing and dancing, meet and greet with the former breast cancer patients, competetions such as- the person with the best outfit, quizes and many more engaging activities. The meet and greet sessions provided in-depth information about how the person survived cancer and the experiences they had to face not just through physical or mental means, but also how people treated them in the society.The walk was flagged off at 5 with a massive number of people walking togther to support one another regardless of race, color, sex and age. The event was also a good opportunity for students, like us, to get out of our laptops and engage ourselves in a global activity. This made us to get to know one another as well. The atmosphere was filled with a vibrancy and energy form the people which took away the feeling of tiredness during the long walk. All participants were given goodie bags which consisted of various different things and coupons which was a brand sponsor for the Pink ribbon walk organization.