Breast cancer foundation holds 10th Zumba Pink Party to raise awareness
Ingy Deif, Monday 30 Oct 2017
More than 1,000 participants gathered at the Marriott Hotel in Cairo, dancing in a zumba style to music from both East and West

The Breast Cancer Foundation of Egypt (BCFE) held its 10th annual Zumba Pink Party on Saturday, seeking to raise awareness of breast cancer while celebrating the various successes in the battle against the disease.

The event was held at the Marriott Hotel in Cairo, with attendees joining zumba-style dance sessions to music from both East and West.

More than a thousand women took part in the event – many of them breast-cancer survivors keen to celebrate their journeys.

Since its launch more than a decade ago, the Breast Cancer Foundation of Egypt has taken the lead in raising awareness of the illness.

According to figures from the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer accounts to 37.5 percent of all cancer cases within Egypt.

Ghada Mostafa, BCFE's media manager, said that since its launch more than a decade ago, the foundation has put awareness-raising at the top of its agenda.

“The annual zumba party is always an amazing way to attract women’s attention to breast cancer, encouraging everyone to join the fight by spreading knowledge about it, and encouraging their loved ones to get screened,” Mostafa said.

She added that each year more and more zumba instructors from Egypt and abroad volunteer to take part in the party, supporting the noble cause free of charge.

The instructors at this year's event included: Ola El-Abany, Mora Adel, Mayada Saeed, Heba Khalil, Emylin Lavender and Yasmine.

Ghada Salah, head of the women's health section at BCFE and a cancer survivor herself, said that the aim was to support every cancer survivor and those still fighting cancer, as well as spreading awareness.

Jubilant participants took part in a prize draw and were awarded goodies and brochures that provide lifestyle, nutrition and exercise advice to reduce the likelihood of developing breast cancer.