A decade of motivating the Balinese Community to Self-Examine Breast Cancer
Denpasar, March 2018…Yayasan Pita Merah Muda Bali, or better known as Bali Pink Ribbon (BPR) has, for the last 10 years, brought a hugely positive change for the women and families of Bali. Through media campaigns, organised screenings and outreach programs they have lifted the awareness of breast cancer on the island, even to Bali’s far-off rural areas.
Within the last two years, the organisation has provided free screenings and checks for over 2,000 women, through more than 40 screenings across Bali and in surrounding islands.
BPR team and medical partner, Prima Medika Hospital, conducted and arranged often live-saving mammograms or USG for more than 20 women. Free biopsies were provided for six under privileged women. Monthly support group gatherings bring together patients and survivors to share experiences and how to manage the disease.
Milestones of Bali Pink Ribbon over the years:
- Raising funds to open the Pink Ribbon House, recently moved from Seminyak to Denpasar, to be closer to patients treated at Sanglah and Prima Medika Hospital
- Purchase a mobile Ultra Sonography (USG)
- Conducted breast cancer awareness seminars, screening events and roadshows, including seminar in UK
- Education BPR Breast Cancer, a week of educational Workshop for BPR team in Darwin with 8 members of the BPR team, including 3 Balinese doctors, 1 Oncologist Surgeon and 1 BPR Breast Nurse volunteer. They attended a week’s Breast cancer workshop at the invitation of the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre, Royal Darwin Hospital, Australia in 2014
- Pharmaceutical Patient Organisations 3-day Workshop in Kuala Lumpur in 2015 and in Jakarta 2016at the invitation of Roche Pharmaceuticals, Malaysia
- Successfully held nine Pink Ribbon Walks
- Join the newly opened EndrawatiCancer Centre in early 2018 for breast cancer awareness education every month at the invitation of Prof. TjakraManuaba, senior Oncologist Surgeon
“I am proud of our achievements in the last 10 years, starting off as a more or less voluntary organization, on the small Indonesian island of Bali and still strongly dedicated to educate and motivate about breast cancer awareness,” says Gaye Warren, founder of Bali Pink Ribbon. “While we are proud of our achievement, we still have many goals we want to reach these coming years, among them to purchase another mobile USG, set up a RumahSinggah for breast cancer patients in treatment and source a minibus for transporting patients and doctors.”
Of course to do this Bali Pink Ribbon must raise funds to continue their work. The organisation’s major fundraising event of the year is the Bali Pink Ribbon Fun Walk and Run, which they have been doing since 2009, always in October (known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month).
Founder of the organisation, Mrs Gaye Warren, a breast cancer survivor herself, was inspired by the Pink Ribbon Walks found in the UK where she hails from, and thus started a similar event here in sunny Bali.In 2016, the Bali Pink Ribbon Fun Walk and Run had over 1,000 people join this event and this year they are aiming for 1,500 people.
About Bali Pink Ribbon Foundation:
BPR is a volunteer organization working with Indonesian and Singaporean doctors that provides seminars on breast cancer to women across Bali, in companies and villages, providing valuable knowledge and understanding of breast health. The foundation can also arrange for breast screening as it strongly believes that early detection of any changes in breast health saves lives. BPR also has a support center in Denpasar, providing a safe place for women to share their experiences of breast cancer with other survivors and those undergoing treatment. Bimonthly survivor meetings and seminars are held at the center, where information on living with and treating breast cancer is available in Indonesian and English. More about us www.balipinkribbon.com
For media information contact:
Pink Ribbon House – Support center
YAYASAN PITA MERAH MUDA BALI
Jl Nusa Kambangan no 179 DauhPuriKauh, Denpasar Barat, Denpasar Bali 80113 Indonesia
Phone : +62 (361) 4746238