COVID-19: Project PINK BLUE cancels World Cancer Day walk in Abuja

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 ABUJA – PINK BLUE – Health & Psychological Trust Centre Friday announced cancellation its planned World Day Walk, Race, Skate, Ride, Cycle and Marathon against scheduled to take place 6th February, 2021 at Transcorp Hilton Abuja. 

World Day is one the largest global initiatives uniting the world to raise awareness in a positive and inspiring way. Every year, PINK BLUE mobilises over 3,000 Nigerians to walk for 5km, race, skate in colours, ride with motorbikes and marathon in the streets Abuja in commemoration of the World Cancer Day. As a result of -19 , this year’s World Cancer Day has been cancelled to contain the spread -19 and public health of Nigerians.   

The Director-General of Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said: “the -19 has disrupted usual way of life. Every year, there are events to commemorate the World Cancer Day. However, this year, advice is to limit mass gatherings to reduce the risk of spread of -19. We thank PINK BLUE for taking this difficult but extremely valuable decision to cancel its 2021 cancer walk. We hope that other events can be done to raise awareness cancer which is also a threat in country, while prioritising public health and safety.”

Runcie C.W. Chidebe, Executive Director, Project PINK BLUE in a statement made available to Sundiata Post on Friday, said: “It was a very difficult and responsible decision to cancel flagship project due to this . Since 2015, we have used annual World Cancer Day walk to save thousands of people from cancer death. We have provided thousands of free screenings, funded treatment for indigent cancer patients and engaged the to provide better cancer care in . We to protect people from COVID-19 and to support the work the Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 are doing.” 

The General Manager of Transcorp Hilton Abuja Kevin Brett said “We learnt of the difficult decision to cancel the World Cancer Day Walk and this is in the best interest of everyone considering the concern of the spread of Covid-19 especially amidst mass gathering. We remain committed to supporting a good cause, we mustn’t take our eyes off the seriousness of the cancer threat facing many of us around the world and we look forward to participating in the future and supporting Project PINK BLUE.”

The statement explained that Project PINK BLUE is replacing the annual World Cancer Day Walk (walking in group) with ‘Selfie World Cancer Day Walk’. 

It added: “We encourage Nigerians to walk, run, ride, cycle and do any healthy activity by their self. Take a selfie of yourself and share on to create awareness on cancer. Tag us via @projectpinkblue on all channels. #WorldCancerDay #ChokeCancer to post.”