THE roads of Petaling Jaya were a sea of pink as about 700 cyclists took part in the Wacoal Pink Ribbon Fun Ride 2019.
Standing out in their pink skirts were Puchong Hiking and Riding members who were among participants of the 25km event which started from Central Park in Bandar Utama.
“About 20 members joined the ride today, many of us for the first time, ” said Candy Chong, adding that they ranged between 11 and 48 years.
“The men didn’t mind wearing the pink skirts as we all wanted to show our support for the campaign.”
The event was a family affair for Chong as she was joined by her husband CK Lai and son Anson, while team member Cat Tung said she enjoyed taking part in the event.
The sixth edition of the Wacoal Pink Ribbon Fun Ride saw the riders passing through Sunway Damansara, Kota Damansara, Tropicana and Ara Damansara.
Before flagging off the race, Wacoal Malaysia executive director Tsutomu Fujimura presented a donation of 70 mammograms to National Cancer Council of Malaysia (Makna) deputy general manager Vemanna Appannah.
The donation, valued at over RM10,000, will enable Makna to provide mammography services to underprivileged women in rural areas via its mobile breast screening clinic.
The number is symbolic as Wacoal Malaysia is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.
“As our way of giving back to Malaysian women, Wacoal Malaysia has been promoting the Pink Ribbon Campaign since
its establishment in 2003 to raise awareness of breast cancer, ” said Fujimura, who took part along with his five-year-old son.
“According to Makna, approximately one in 19 Malaysian women is at risk of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. However, awareness and detection of breast cancer are still very low among Malaysians.”
He added that the fun ride was part of a global Pink Ribbon Campaign held at 14 Wacoal offices worldwide this month to champion awareness, early detection and breast cancer aftercare.
“Wacoal also has a product range called Remamma for women who have undergone breast cancer operations, ” said Fujimura.
“This range, which includes custom-made prosthesis, is only available through consultation at our head office in Petaling Jaya.”
Leha Osman, 58, and Yusnylawaty Marjoni, 39, were among the 11 breast cancer survivors invited by Makna to join the ride.
“When I was first diagnosed with my illness, I was shocked and devastated, ” said Leha, who has been free from cancer for 11 years.
“As a first-timer joining the fun ride, I feel proud to see the support shown by participants for the cause.”
Disappointed that she was only able to finish slightly more than half of the 25km ride, Leha said that would serve as motivation for her to exercise more often.
Yusnylawaty, who is undergoing treatment after being diagnosed in November last year, said the illness was so devastating that it took two months to come to terms with her condition.
“I still have my good and bad days, as the scar sometimes hurts.
“It helps to have support from my family and husband, who accompanies me for all my treatments.
“I’m very happy I was able to finish the entire ride and make new friends today.
“It is heartening to see so many people show support for the campaign, ” said the administrative executive.
Wacoal Malaysia is also running its Pink Ribbon Fitting Campaign throughout this month at all its counters and boutiques nationwide.
Women can consult beauty advisers for bra fittings and receive free Pink Ribbon gift packs containing information on topics like breast self-examination.