Hundreds of Zumba enthusiasts gathered yesterday at Ritz-Carlton Doha to create awareness about breast cancer.
Members of the Zumba Fitness Doha Qatar Team and other Zumba practitioners participated in the ‘Pink Ribbon Zumbathon’ which also raised funds for Qatar Cancer Society (QCS).
Dressed in pink, over 300 people performed Zumba, a dance fitness programme for two hours to convey the message of th e need for early diagnose of breast cancer as 140 cases are reported every year among Qataris and expatriates.
Zumbathon was part of events organized by the hotel, with QCS throughout October to increase awareness about breast cancer.
The hotel, in partnership with QCS, had launched a ‘Pink Ribbon Campaign’ on October 10 under the theme ‘I Support, Love, Inspire.’ “Not many are aware about the symptoms of breast cancer and the need for screening. Through Zumbathon, we try to spread the message,” said Dr Tina Pavlova, Director, Spa and Recreation, Ritz-Carlton Doha. She said Zumba was selected as it gives fitness, and healthy living helps prevent breast cancer. Several officials from the hotel and IBQ bank, the main sponsor of the event, were present. “All funds raised will be given to Qatar Cancer Society,” Pavlova added.
Imad Askak, Instructor, Zumba Fitness Doha Qatar, said, “We take the pride of giving back to society through this event. Here we celebrate each other; we remember the people who have died because of breast cancer, and people fighting the illness.”
For some participants in the Pink Ribbon Zumbathon, it was a personal experience which had brought them to the event. “My grandmother died because of breast cancer and it gives me stronger reason to support such an event. I believe there should be more awareness about breast cancer,” said Anqelique De Lange, a participant. It was not just an event for women, as some men also took part. “I’m here to contribute to a cause and support the community,” said Thamer, a male participant
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