Group Cancels World Cancer Day Walk Due To COVID-19

A cancer advocacy group, Project Pink Blue, has cancelled its planned annual World Cancer Day walk due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Friday, the group said the walk scheduled to hold on Saturday was cancelled to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus and protect the public health of Nigerians.

The group said the annual walk has been replaced with ‘Selfie World Cancer Day Walk’, which encourages Nigerians to do any healthy activity on their own.

“Take a selfie of yourself and share on social media to create awareness on cancer. Tag us via @projectpinkblue on all social media channels. Use #WorldCancerDay #ChokeCancer to post.”

The walk is one of the various yearly activities put in place by the cancer advocacy group, targeted towards enlightening people about the disease and the benefits of early screening.

“Every year, Project PINK BLUE mobilises over 3,000 Nigerians to walk for 5km, race, skate in colours, ride with motorbikes and marathon on the street of Abuja in commemoration of the World Cancer Day. Over 2,000 breast, cervical and prostate cancer screenings are provided at the event every year,” the statement reads.

The World Cancer Day celebrated on February 4 every year, is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and is marked by countries all around the world.

The day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness about cancer and putting pressure on governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease.

The theme for this year’s WCD “I am and I will,” marks the endpoint of a three-year campaign which sought to reduce fear, increase understanding and change behaviours and attitudes around cancer.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: