140517 - Women's Health Forum & Mother's Day Charity Hi-Tea
Posted on 14 May 2017

                                                                    Keeping ‘In the Pink’


Bangsar South, 14 May 2017, Pink Ribbon Wellness (L) Foundation (PRWF), a non-profit organisation, and its alliance in collaboration with Lembaga Penduduk and Pembangunan Keluarga Negara (LPPKN) organised a series of Women’s Health Forum. The Breast Healthcare & Wellness Campaign began early in the year, reaching out mainly to survivors and care-givers as well as the general public at several places like Kelantan, Kuching, Langkawi, Kluang and climaxing finally in Kuala Lumpur. 

Datuk Dr M Devanand, the Founder and Chairman of PRWF laments that breast cancer continues to be a major cause of concern and financial constraint in Malaysia. The number of incidences is expected to increase rapidly. It is important to educate women to eradicate this devastating disease.

PRWF, established in 2012, fulfilled its mission statement; Educating and Empowering Malaysian Women stricken with breast cancer through its public lectures and workshops in the Women’s Health Forum. The participants left with increased awareness of how to keep themselves in the pink through the relevant topics and issues covered i.e. How to Boost Your Immune system, Weight Management, Breast Cancer in the Young, Risk of Recurrence, Managing Stress, Fertility and Cancer Treatment, Healthy Nutrition and Breast Cancer during Pregnancy.

Puan Sri Maniseh Adam, a survivor herself and Patron of PRWF, jointly spearheaded the Health Forum as she continues fighting to fulfil the noble aims of the Foundation – giving sufficient knowledge and education to women on breast health care.

Besides the lectures and workshops in the Breast Healthcare & Wellness Campaign, PRWF is helping women to keep in the pink through its Pink Wig-A-Thon at Taman Botani Kuala Lumpur on 8 October 2017. Ms Yong Lee Lee, Honorary CEO of PRWF and a survivor, urges all to come in solidarity to support breast cancer awareness and education through participation in the Pink Wig-A-Thon. “The support we get from you will significantly help our Foundation raise more funds to continue our cause” she said. 

On the same day, PRWF also organised a Mother’s Day Charity Hi-Tea with more than 500 people filling the ballroom, those present cheered in support of 16 breast cancer survivors strutted down the runway in tribute to all mums in a fashion show sponsored by Neeta Bedi. Her kaftans collection is unique as each piece is designed different from the other. Special care is taken for elegance and comfort. Materials used are pure cottons, chiffons n georgette and pure crepe silks. Most of them are hand embroidered with embellishments.

The crowd was also entertained by children from DancePot performing a dance called “Jungle Jane”, Ms Sophia Kong Belly Dance, Ms Jessica Loo and her students from Absolute Music Studio and Ms Mel Caranza, the vocalist. 

Joining the event was Malaysian-born Australian racer, Mr Mitch Gilbert, who continues to pledge his support for breast cancer awareness for the second year. Mitch has recently had great success in the Blancpain GT Series Asia, winning the first race and first runner up in the second at Sepang. He is also competing in the Audi R8 LMS cup and enjoyed a podium at the first round in Sepang. Mitch has been working alongside the Foundation in order to use the high publicity nature of motor racing to help raise awareness of Breast Cancer not only in Malaysia, but globally.

“In Malaysia, there will be 5,000 new patients every year, making breast cancer the most common cancers to affect women. At present, a whopping 42% of women with breast cancer are diagnosed when they are at Stage 3 or Stage 4, which is the advanced breast cancer stage. These statistics can be reduced greatly with knowledge, early detection and education. This is why the Foundation exits, to educate women on breast healthcare and provide support to survivors as well as newly diagnosed patients.” said Datuk Dr Devanand. 


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