November 9, 2016 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
With support from Airtel, Thinking Pink Foundation of Sierra Leone on Saturday 5th November, 2016 concluded the breast cancer awareness marathon in Freetown.
The marathon started from Cotton Tree through Siaka Steven Street to Wilkinson Road, Lumley and ended at Family Kingdom, Aberdeen.
Almost all walks of life including over 2oo tourists from across the world participated in the marathon.
Speaking at the official opening of the exercise, Chief Executive Officer, Thinking Pink Foundation -Sierra Leone, Mrs. Cremelda Pratt, said the marathon was meant to raise awareness about breast cancer; a disease she said was killing thousands of women and men in Sierra Leone and the word as whole.
She called on everybody in the country to be doing checkups at the end of every month and report any unusual symptoms on the breast to their Freetown office for further advice and treatment.
Head of Cooperate Social Responsibility, Airtel, June Rose Johnson expressed the company’s commitment and support to help raise awareness and lauded Thinking Pink Breast Cancer Foundation for their strides in the fight against breast cancer.
She said Airtel was not only in the country to make money, but to also help in saving the lives of people, who they regard as the company’s valued customers.
Delivering the keynote address, Country Representative of the World Health Organization, Dr. Daniel Kertesz, said Sierra Leone has experienced a lot of diseases including the Ebola Virus Disease that devastated the country’s economy and destroyed thousands of lives.
He said the awareness raising on breast cancer was very much important for women in the country, adding that eating healthy food and engaging in exercise are very good for physical fitness.
Winner of the marathon race, Mustapha E. Kamara expressed extreme joy for participating in the marathon race, stating that he knew he was helping to raise awareness and save Sierra Leoneans from breast cancer.