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Cities shine a light forWorld Cancer Day
Cities the world over help to mark World Cancer Day each year by lighting up iconic landmarks, monuments and buildings in the colours of orange and blue. From one of the seven wonders of the world, Petra, to the Bophorus Bridge in Istanbul linking Asia and Europe, to architectural wonder of the City of the Arts and Sciences Museum in Valencia, Spain, to the stately Royal Opera House in Muscat, and to the iconic Empire State Building, these cities signal their commitment to the global challenge of cancer.
Shangri-La’s staff get moving
Staff at the Shangri-La Hotel Suzhou in China were encouraged to mark World Cancer Day through a number of healthy-lifestyle initiatives. Activities included a swimming relay, a healthy lunch and activities and incentives to help quit smoking.
Fun for a cause
Shoppers at two of the busiest malls in Beirut had the unique opportunity to learn more about the importance of routine early detection tests in an immersive experience of puzzles and games. Led by the American University of Beirut and AMALOUNA, shoppers interacted with an inflatable colon model to learn about colorectal cancer and its prevention and spun a “Wheel of Colours” where each colour represented one type of cancer that they were quizzed on.
Focusing on kindness
on World Cancer Day
For World Cancer Day, students at the Ellel St. John’s CE Primary School organised a cake sale and an art competition focused on the theme of showing kindness, raising money for local cancer charity, the Cancer Care and the Brain Tumour Charity.
Learning on the job
Companies around the world including AT&T, Metro Madrid, Vodafone Qatar, and Qatar Airways used World Cancer Day as an opportunity to engage their own employees and teams by partnering with local cancer organisations to deliver web chats, workshops and awareness talks.
Project PINK BLUE’s national World Cancer Day campaign mobilised thousands of supporters – from influencers, artists, governments, businesses to the media - in both Nigeria and Cameroon for their World Cancer Day campaign, including a march in Abuja as well as free cancer screenings which took place across the nation.
Oxford makes it official
In 2015, Oxford became the first UK city council to grant Official Recognition Status to World Cancer Day. As a city committed to cancer research, World Cancer Day provides Oxford with a platform to showcase their work in the area. Each year, the city council organises a public meeting to highlight Oxford’s global contributions to the progress against cancer.