SJW Swathed in Perfect Patches of Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

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The HCT-Sharjah Women’s campus (SJW) Sports Complex went ‘Pink’ for October with a range of activities to raise not only awareness but money for the Pink Caravan.

Over the month the Sports Complex held ‘Think Pink’ fitness classes, all students were encouraged to wear something pink. Students took part in Boxing, Zumba, Spinning and many other fitness classes over the month.  Over 500 students participated in fitness classes!

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The Sports Complex also raised money by hosting a Pink Spa Day. Student volunteers painted nails ‘Pink’ whilst a talented henna artist also got creative.  Over 85 students participated by donating to the Pink Caravan to enjoy one of the many treatments on offer. Fresh fruits and juices were served throughout the morning for all to enjoy.

SJW ended the campaign feeling on top of the world. A collaboration with the Foundations and General Studies departments brought together over 90 SJW students from across the college and 16 female staff members. They all took on the challenge to hike at Fossil Rock in Sharjah.

Participants raised sponsorship to complete the hike with all the proceeds going to the Pink Caravan. This was an incredible achievement for so many students involved; as for some it was a first! Walking through the soft orange sand dunes to reach a the top where students laid out a pink silk ribbon before raising the UAE flag in celebration of UAE flag day on November 3rd. Students and staff still had enough energy to proudly sing the national anthem with such pride and passion.

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Maryam from the business department stated ‘It was exciting as I this was my first time to hike through the desert, I enjoyed reaching the top of the hike where we all got together to lay down the pink ribbon and then singing the national anthem with our UAE flag’.

Health Science Pink Bazaar:

The month of October is the Breast Cancer Awareness month. In the spirit of awareness-raising, SJW Health Science students organized an action packed, fun filled Pink Bazaar. The pink color was truly in the air: pink balloons, pink decorations, pink games and even pink food filled up the student lounge onTuesday 31 October. The beautiful stalls were creatively and artistically decorated; the students sold good (and very delicious) variety of beautifully prepared, homemade and mouthwatering cakes, sweets, pasta, vine leaves and other delightful food. All the money collected (which reached 3701 AED) was sent to charity.

Proud nursing students in SJW had the opportunity to show their skills by educating other students, teachers, and staff on how to do breast self-examination.

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Prior to the Bazaar, the students attended “Breast Cancer Awareness” talk, presented by Dr. Amal Al Masri. Dr. Amal is a gynecologist who works at Thumbay Hospital in Sharjah. She gave her audience good advising tips on the method and the importance of monthly self-examination.  After that, students and staff of SJW were offered free check-ups that were held by Thumbay Hospital.

Fatima Alfalasi, Medical Laboratory student in SJW said that it was a great experience to be a part of a team that raises the community awareness of breast cancer. “It was a creative event because it shows the support and encourages the patients through different activities of buying products, expressing encourage words, playing, collecting money”

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“I had big fun participating in the breast cancer event. I prepared a game for the student to play and enjoy the event rather than just walking by tables and viewing the products. It was clear that the students loved the game as they were playing it with full enjoyment”.  Wafa Abdullah, a student in year 4 / Medical Laboratory Program commented on the event.

Fatima Saleh who enjoyed doing nail art to the students said “what I enjoyed the most are being able to collect money to the breast cancer patients even though it was little but I am sure it means a lot.”

Haya Hashil formulated Brochures to the awareness event. The Brochure gave brief information to the students about what is cancer and who to get tested. “I made it knowledgeable and colorful so that it will attract the students as it really did.”

SJW Business students display creativity and business acumen in the Pink Bazaar:

In support of the Breast Cancer Awareness initiative, SWC Business students organized a Pink Bazaar, with the focus to showcase their learning in the areas of marketing, promotion, customer service, retailing and finance.   Prior to the bazaar, the students were actively involved in decorating their stalls creatively for more visibility. A variety of food items were sold to faculty, staff and students of SWC.  Each of the three business stalls secured a collection of AED 800/- approximately. All proceeds were donated to charity.

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Student Maha Alteneji who offered Arabic delicacies, expressed “My experience first time joining bazar for breast cancer I courage my friends to join. We really work hard selling to people because all the money will be donated for breast cancer awareness. Some people who have breast cancer cannot afford money for surgery to survive. Happiest moment was all are hard work wasn’t gone because all the money will go for breast cancer I am glad I’d join and had a good experience.”

A special thanks to Dr. Shahira Elalfy and Ms. Malini Nair both business faculties for their support in this event.

This bazaar gave students opportunity to display their commitment towards the initiative as an example of an authentic learning strategy aligned with Goal 1: Empowering students with 21st century skills in a vibrant campus environment engaged with their local communities and HCT 2.0.

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