On Saturday, October 9, at 17:00, we will be “United together, we are even stronger”, in the March with the Pink Silhouettes , organized by Europa Donna Cyprus.
Adapting to the conditions brought on by the pandemic, we will walk without public participation, but with the same vigor to support each of our fellow human beings who are fighting their own battle against breast cancer.
“Stronger together for the right to specialization” is the message that we want to share in the 17th Europa Donna Cyprus March, the greatest expression of support for patients with breast cancer.
This year the event will take place as a torchlight procession, with members of the Board and volunteers of Europa Donna Cyprus, representatives of AstroBank and 12 other organized groups, participating to share a message of hope, strength, and life.
These 12 organised groups will be the Cyprus Police, the Fire Service, the Cypriot Drivers’ Association, the Civil Defense, the Periklis Dimitriou Runners’ Association, the Omonia Runners, the APOEL Body Runners, the Maronite Women’s Initiative, OPAP, OPAK Cyprus, the Bank of Cyprus Oncology Center and the German Oncology Center.
The torch relay will start at the house of Europa Donna Cyprus in Engomi. From there, it will proceed to Grivas Digenis Avenue, where there will be a pause, as every year, in front of the headquarters of AstroBank, the Strategic Partner of the March.
The torch relay will conclude in the underground part of Eleftheria Square for the closing event. At that point, they will meet with the other 10 teams that will start earlier from various parts of the capital, and they will join together, as no one should stay alone on this difficult path in life.
During the torch relay, which will be broadcast on live TV, the public is asked to place something pink outside their home to show their support.
Speaking at the press conference for this year’s event, the President of Europa Donna Cyprus, Ms. Stella Mastora, described this year as different, cold and difficult due to the pandemic. “We tried to return to our old rhythms, to the extent possible, since the measures for the coronavirus pandemic change according to the fluctuations in the number of cases, the mutations of the virus and the vaccination program. Nevertheless, Europa Donna Cyprus with compassion, responsibility, and dependability, opened its houses, and offered the services of its well-established programs, both in person and virtually.”
Ms. Mastora encouraged the public to participate in a different way this year. She announced that participation can start now, through the Europa Donna Cyprus website, www.europadonna.com.cy, which offers details regarding the March. “At that place, each of us can write our own message on the Silhouettes and make a contribution if we wish. Furthermore, using the #europadonnacy2021 on social media, people can post pictures wearing pink scarves, with family, friends or colleagues. These posts are a way you can express your support for our breast cancer awareness campaign this year,” she added.
She also noted that, this year, Europa Donna Cyprus is organizing the “Race for The Cure”, for the first time, on October 31, 2021. The “Race for The Cure” is a sporting event with pan-European reach in which anyone can participate. People can either register to take part in the 5 km run and / or the 3 km walk, or to other available races, or participate virtually by subscribing to www.raceforthecure.eu and selecting Cyprus. Also, the public will be able to create and register their team to participate in different sports. Collectible t-shirts will be given upon registration. More information is available on the website of Europa Donna Cyprus.
In his speech, Astrobank’s CEO, Mr Aristidis Vourakis, characterized the long-term collaboration with Europa Donna Cyprus as one of the most important achievements of the Bank. “Not simply because it is a relationship that transcends our professional boundaries and the daily challenges of the banking sector, but primarily because through the course of 12 years with Europa Donna Cyprus, we have enjoyed success with significant and practical results.” Mr Vourakis noted on the endurance of the collaboration, as the Bank’s strategy is to stand by organizations for the long run, to help them evolve alongside the Bank and grow together! He pledged that the Bank will continue to partner with Europa Donna until the day Breast Cancer no longer claims lives.
It is worth noting that every year, public participation in the March exceeds all expectations. The last time the March was held with public participation, in 2019, more than 10,000 people of all ages walked together, expressing their support in the fight against cancer, and sending a strong and optimistic message: that cancer can be defeated.