Creating awareness of cancer via boat race fest

Creating awareness of cancer via boat race fest
The Pink Victory Team in jubilant mood after the race.

GEORGE TOWN - A nine-year effort to include Cancer Awareness Race in the Penang International Dragon Boat Festival has finally paid off for the Pink Victory Team.

"Through this sport, we want to encourage other cancer patients to make friends and socialise and learn about teamwork," said CancerLink founder Ruth Chong, who is part of the team which is made up of volunteers and cancer survivors.

"Along with our Australian team-mates, we have been taking part every year without fail to increase public awareness," she said yesterday after the race at the Teluk Bahang Dam.

This year saw six teams, coming under the Pink Victory Team banner, taking part in the Cancer Awareness Race category.

The two-day festival was participated by 24 teams including those from Thailand, Australia, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

State Tourism Development Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang said there were nine categories of the race.


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