Tagum City – Breast cancer survivors and awareness advocates had the whole month of October to spread awareness about the disease to the people of Tagum during the celebration of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The City Government of Tagum, in coordination with PINK TAGUM and other stakeholders, prepared several activities that kicked off with the Pink Poster Making Contest held at Robinson’s Place Tagum prior to the month-long activity’s launching. It was participated by students from different schools in the city and aimed to encourage students to express their knowledge about the disease through art.
On October 3, the festivities were officially opened, giving way to important discussions such as where to get help and who can support the victims via a press conference. The Mindanao Cancer Center of the Davao Regional Medical Center assured that treatment for cancer is free and victims can count for peer support from cancer survivors. The local government of Tagum on the other hand allotted budget for the treatment of the dreaded disease.
On October 12, PINK TAGUM highlighted healthy living through a panel discussion, free breast screening, vegan cooking demo, counselling, and zumba. The activity was spearheaded by the Gender and Development and Social Services (GADSS) section of the City Mayor ‘s Office, in partnership with the Living Hope Foundation and the Rotary Club of Tagum North, and was held still at the Robinson’s Place Tagum.
A fund-raising activity was also held at the New Cityhall Atrium last October 18, showing off men and women in pink couture clothes strutting on the runway, with some people enjoyed their dinner bought through a ticket as a support to the fundraiser activity.
Finally, the whole festivities capped off with a survivors’ day celebrated at the Meditation House inside the New City Hall compound. The event featured a life changing workshop which was facilitated by Davao-based motivational speaker and life coach Philip Jhon Enoc. The workshop aimed at giving the survivors positive outlook in life and to develop a strong support system with fellow cancer survivors, families, and friends.
The activity was in partnership with the Living Hope Cancer Survivors’ Club, the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte, the icanserve Foundation, Inc., and the Rotary Club of Tagum North and was initiated by the local government unit of Tagum through its GAD unit. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum