Save lives in high heels and tutus with Pink & Teal

Pink & Teal Women’s Mini Marathon aims to raise funds for charity group ‘Pink & Teal EmpowHer’ so they can continue bringing breast and cervical cancer screenings to the women of Sarawak through their rural outreach programmes and activities.

Managed by GRIT Event Management, it will be held on October 27, flagging off from the Old DUN, Petra Jaya, at 5am for the 21km run.

The Pink & Teal Women’s Mini Marathon is the first tutu run in Sarawak. Photo by Jean Voon.
The Pink & Teal Women’s Mini Marathon is the first tutu run in Sarawak. Photo by Jean Voon.

Part of the What About Kuching (WAK) 2019 family, this marathon wants to raise public awareness about the importance of breast and cervical screening, but also want participants to have a lot of fun doing it.

Alongside the two competitive races of 10km and 21km, with a virtual run option for those outside of Kuching, there are also fun runs, including a 300m high heel dash, a 1km babystroller/baby-wearing walk, and a 5km run. All participants for the fun run categories will get a free tutu, t-shirt and medal.

Top runners in the 10km and 21km are in the running for prizes and a finisher shirt for the 21km participants. Virtual run participants will get the run t-shirt, a medal and postage within Malaysia.

In addition, they will also have seven Pink & Teal Men – who will run in tutus, wigs and high heels to fundraise for Pink & Teal EmpowHer, should a certain level of donation be pledged in an auction.

Organisers hope to attract about 2,000 participants to the event.

Online registration closes on September 26, but limited slots may be available up until October 5. They will still be signing up participants during Sambutan Hari Wanita Peringkat Negeri on September 28 at BCCK.

Registration fees:

  • 300m heel dash – RM50 (includes running tee, medal and tutu)
  • 1km baby stroller/baby wearing walk – RM50 (includes running tee, medal and tutu)
  • 5km fun run – RM50 (includes running tee, medal and tutu)
  • 10km run – RM60 (includes running tee and medal)
  • 21km run – RM70 (includes running tee, medal and 21km finisher tee)

Participants can register online at www.gritevent.com/wmm (there is a 5 per cent discount for women if they register online) or with the JomRun app. For registrations in-person, they can register at the Revolution Run shop at Green Heights Mall or the Ultron shop at CityOne.

Organisers still welcome sponsors for the run, either in cash or kind.

For more information contact Jean Voon at 016-869 0701 or Emmy Dahliana 013-827 4548 or email pink.and.teal.empowher@gmail.com. Follow us on Facebook @ptwmm.

For more information on WAK or to download the calendar, visit aboutkuching.com. For updates, find WAK on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter under @aboutkuching.

About Pink & Teal EmpowHER

Pink & Teal EmpowHER is a charity non-government organisation (NGO) with a focus on awareness, screening and treatment of Sarawakian women for breast cancer (pink ribbon) and cervical cancer (teal ribbon). It was founded in June 2018 by Dr Abigail Jerip (Obstetrics & Gynaecology Registrar, and clinical lecturer trainee at UNIMAS) and Dr Mardiana Kipli (Obstetrics & Gynaecology Specialist and Associate Professor at UNIMAS).

Dr Abigail Jerip conducting a cervical screening during a Pink & Teal EmpowHer outreach programme in Simuti. Screenings are often carried out in the communal areas of the villages – the balais, ruais, and remins; in makeshift spaces created with clothes pegs and bedsheets. Photo by Dan Fadalini.
Dr Abigail Jerip conducting a cervical screening during a Pink & Teal EmpowHer outreach programme in Simuti. Screenings are often carried out in the communal areas of the villages – the balais, ruais, and remins; in makeshift spaces created with clothes pegs and bedsheets. Photo by Dan Fadalini.

Since the organisation started in June 2018, they have screened more than 800 women in Bengoh, Bario, Dalat, Garung, Kampung Sebako, Karu, Kampung Annah Rais, Balai Ringin, Siburan, Simuti, Tarat, Tebakang, Teratak, and Kuching. A significant number of the women had pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions and were followed up with and given treatment.

They also bring in Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists to screen for mouth and nose cancers; dentists to provide dental check-ups; and work with other NGOs to conduct English and computer literacy programmes for the children.

In addition to the rural outreach, they remove obstacles to cervical screening through their “Sigek kitak, sigek kamek; One for you, one for me” campaign.

Any woman can order a self-sampling HPV kit (RM150 each) from Pink & Teal EmpowHER, do a swab in the privacy of her own home, and send the kit back to the lab for testing. Alternatively, she can go to our dedicated clinic and have the nurse/doctor do the sampling. The test results will be sent to her via WhatsApp within the month, and she will be alerted if any follow-up is required.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) approved self-sampling HPV kit is painless and easy to use, and more accurate than a PAP smear. For every kit purchased, one kit is donated to the rural community.

 

Post Author: Dony Prayudi

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