Fatimah (seated centre) showing the Mermaid Pink Run 2020 T-shirt during a press conference. Also seen are (from second left, seated) Juriah; Assistant Minister of Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Rosey Yunus; and state Women and Family Department director Noriah Ahmad. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The Sarawak Breast Cancer Support Group (SBCSG) is organising its first Mermaid Pink Run 2020. 

The charity run aims to raise funds for the group to organise more breast awareness campaign in the state.

The funds will also be used by the group to manage Anjung Sayang, a place for cancer outpatients and their families to stay when the outpatients receive treatment at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH). 
Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah has urged members of the public to come forward and join the run. 

“The group has set up a place called Anjung Sayang at Lorong Maxwell 2 for cancer outpatients to stay there for free when they are receiving treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy at the hospital. 

“The group needs the funds to continue its operations,” she told a press conference after receiving a courtesy call from the group at her office at Baitulmakmur yesterday. 

She pointed out that it was quite difficult for patients, especially those from the rural areas, to go back and forth to the hospital.  

“Staying at the place will be much easier for them as it only takes them 10 minutes to walk from Anjung Sayang to the hospital,” she said, adding that once they had completed their treatment, the patients could return home. 

Fatimah added that the number of breast cancer cases among women in the state was increasing; breast cancer now topped the cancer cases    followed by cervical cancer. 

“That is why we need more people like SBCSG to create more awareness on breast cancer because when breast cancer is detected and treated at an early stage, they can be saved,” she stressed. 

Meanwhile, SBCSG president Juriah Sulehan said they targeted 2,000 participants to join the event and expected to raise RM50,000 from the event. 

The run, with the theme ‘Say No To Breast Cancer’ will be held twice — once in Kuching and once in Miri. 

It will be held in Kuching on March 29 at Kuching South City Council (MBKS) and in Miri on April 19 at Miri Times Square. 

Those interested to join can register online at www.malaysiarunner.com. Manual registration is available at Revrun Green Height Mall, Sarawak Breast Cancer Association at Jalan Maxwell and Krista Kindergartens. 

Registration fees are RM50 per person for individual runners and RM45 per person for a group of four. 

The closing date for registration is Feb 28. 
Each participant will receive a running T-shirt and a specially designed finisher’s medal. 

For further details on the event, contact Revrun at 082-459397, Yahya (013-8210401), Audrey (016-8607555) or Jessica (016-8895095). 

Fatimah (seated centre) showing the Mermaid Pink Run 2020 T-shirt during a press conference. Also seen are (from second left, seated) Juriah; Assistant Minister of Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Rosey Yunus; and state Women and Family Department director Noriah Ahmad. Photo: Ramidi Subari