Hayatt Association, a branch of Ruqayah Abdulwahab Alqatami Breast Cancer Foundation and Ghalia Club, a corporate social responsibility initiative by Global Investment House (Global) aiming to empower women, announced today the success of their charity campaign aimed to collect donations for breast cancer patients and raise awareness on early detection; which they launched beginning of October to coincide with the international Breast Cancer Awareness month.
The announcement came during a charity event held on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, which marks the International Day for breast cancer patients, at the Sheraton Kuwait Hotel in the presence of His Excellency the Minister of Health Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer and Mrs. Ruqayah Abdulwahab Al Qatami and a group of philanthropists. The ceremony included a performance by renowned Egyptian singer Amal Maher.
During the event, Wataniya Telecom announced the beginning of an auction on a Golden number the proceeds of which will be donated to Hayatt association.
Ms. Laila Abdullah Thunayan Alghanim, President of Hayatt, commended the great support provided by all attendees, sponsors, and philanthropists, which led to the success of this campaign. Without your white hearts, compassion and your clean souls and humanitarian initiatives, this would have not been achieved. Expressed Alghanim.
Alghanim also highlighted the associations most important achievements since 2007, Hayatt sponsored the full treatment of 245 cancer patients from 26 nationalities and various religions with a total cost exceeding KWD 3 million.
From her side, Mrs. Maha Khaled Al-Ghunaim, Head of the Advisory Board of "Ghalia Club", talked about the role of woman in the society and the need to take care of herself and stressed on the importance of womens psychological and physical health as its the key to a happy family, which in return contributes to building a more stable and healthier environment that every civilized society aims to achieve. "Health is a blessing from God and we must preserve and maintain it, because life is precious expressed Al-Ghunaim.
She also mentioned the importance of early detection of breast cancer especially that its an essential step for 90% of the recovery and asking all women to pay close attention to their health and welfare to be able to carry out their mission.
She also paid tribute and appreciation to the women who have passed through this disease with courage, patience and love for life, and were able to overcome the disease, and thus are an example of women's strong will, determination, and optimism which play a major role in overcoming this disease.
Mrs. Abir Sakr, Chief Executive of an international patients treatment program, and Dr. Jimmy Terry, general surgeon and breast cancer doctor from Memorial Hermann hospital in the United States participated in this charity event and addressed the audience with a speech about breast cancer and the need for early detection. Dr. Terry also gave an example of her mother who was diagnosed with this disease.
The campaign "Life is precious," held many events during the month of October to raise funds for breast cancer patients and raise awareness about the importance of early detection. The month-long campaign was wrapped up by this charity event, which proceeds will ensure treatment of the residents who cannot bear the cost of treatment which ranges between KWD 20,000 & 25,000, in addition to working with the Ministry of Health to provide a center for the early detection of breast cancer for the nationals.
Sponsors of this campaign included Roche, Ali Abdul Wahab and Sons, Bader Sultan Company, Emad Al Samhan and Al Qabas who are hayatt supporters since its establishment, and the Platinum sponsors were Wataniya Telecom, Gulf Bank, Advance Technology Company, Royal Hayat and KIPCO.
From his side, Dr. Osama Al Sanaâ, the Executive Director and head of surgery at the Royal Hayat, said We are proud to sponsor the campaign "life is precious" and through the sponsorship of the free screening at the centre of radiation of modern high-tech. The screening process consists of digital mammogram, computerized diagnostic assistant unit along with ultrasound to make this test painless. He pointed out that the goal of the hospital is to raise sufficient awareness among women to help them fight the disease in its early stages.
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