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Students “extend love and care”
Over 500 mastectomy pillows were hand-sewn by students of the Children’s International School and American International School in a show of support to breast cancer survivors. Received on behalf of breast cancer survivors in Nigeria by Run For a Cure Africa at a special World Cancer Day event, the pillows will be distributed to teaching hospitals throughout the country.
Students form human chain to send an inspiring message
With the help of the D.S. Research Centre, thousands of school students joined the public and cancer survivors in World Cancer Day rallies, walks and activities across India, including in cities Bengaluru, Kolkata and Hyderabad. More than 1,500 students turned out to form an impressive human chain with the inspiring message of “Together We Can Fight Cancer” and ‘I Am and I Will’ which could be clearly seen overhead.
Students learn the value of helping and giving
To celebrate the spirit of the new ‘I Am and I Will’ theme, MAHAK - a cancer organisation in Iran - created a national campaign aimed at teaching elementary school children the value of humanitarian and charitable activities. Through using a heart origami as a fun and creative tool to engage young students, MAHAK invited schools and parents to make origami hearts which were sold in a charity bazaar with funds raised going to support MAHAK’s efforts. Using their website and Instagram and visiting schools around Tehran, MAHAK reached almost 1,000 students and achieved more than 20,000 impressions on Instagram alone.
Jamaica gets moving
In the Caribbean island nation, the Jamaica Moves campaign – a coordinated response from the Health Ministry and its partners to get more people active – used World Cancer Day to help the nation focus on their health. The activities brought together the whole community to learn more about cancer, to access free health tests, and to participate in physical activity challenges – including a dance-off.
Epic 250km motor rally from Kathmandu raises awareness
An incredible motor rally stretching the 250km from Kathmandu to Pokhara organised by the Nepal Cancer Relief Society took place for the first time, with drivers and cars displaying cancer awareness slogans and messages in an effort to raise cancer awareness.
‘I Am and I Will’ messages inspire commuters
World Cancer Day’s messages accompanied commuters in the Maldives on their bus journey thanks to a partnership between the Cancer Society of Maldives and Maldives Port Limited. Screens on the buses displaying the ‘I Am and I Will’ messages helped to raise cancer awareness, particularly around healthy lifestyles and early detection.
Thousands take part in ‘Hair for Hope: Be the Hope'
A hair donation campaign “Hair for Hope. Be the Hope” along with a fun run and cycling fundraiser organised by the Indonesian Cancer Foundation for World Cancer Day attracted over 2,000 participants to raise much needed funds and awareness. The Foundation also delivered workshops on healthy lifestyles, early detection, and risk factors for medical doctors.
Shopping for a cause
During World Cancer Day, young shoppers in Kuala Lumpur had the opportunity to interact with the MAKNA team of patients, volunteers and nurses, as part of an awareness raising exhibition. Clinical breast examinations and basic health tests were also provided free of charge thanks to the joint collaboration between MAKNA, the Ministry of Health and the Great Eastern Mall.
Candles light up the steps of Parliament
The steps of Belgian’s Federal Parliament building were ablaze in candles lit by cancer suvivors and cancer researchers to honour individuals living with cancer and those who have passed from the disease. National cancer society, Fondation Contre le Cancer also used World Cancer Day as an occasion to urge the government to increase investment in cancer research and submitted a memorandum to all political parties which highlighted six key recommendations to boost efforts in national cancer control.