Samoa marks World Cancer Day

Events to mark World Cancer Day begun in earnest in Samoa yesterday with a 5-kilometer marathon attracting close to 200 participants.  

Ministry of Health Chief Executive Officer Dr. Take Naseri and Associate Health Minister Tuitama Dr. Leao Talalelei Tuitama led from the front with about 200 people registering for the World Cancer Day 2019 Fun Run.

The marathon started with a prayer followed by a warm-up session before the participants lined the street in front of the Tuanaimato Sports Complex – with the starting line from the Red Cross Society Headquarters – to start the marathon. 

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The 5-kilometer track event started 6.00am and went around the golf course, the aquarium, the horse race track and ended back at the Samoa Red Cross Society headquarters. The participants including government officials as well as seniors, families, children, youth groups, sporting teams and students representing various institutions. 

The participants were given light nutritious breakfast after the run and prizes were also awarded to selected participants. Cancer survivor Rhonda Mauff got an award as a senior member of the fun run.  

Leausa Dr. Take Naseri said the World Cancer Day on February 4 is a global initiative that unites everyone in the fight against the universal epidemic which knows no boundary.

Samoa Cancer Society Chief Executive Officer, Shelley Burich, said the annual event is an opportunity for the society, to not only engage with local community members and their activities but also use the platform to share stories on cancer in Samoa in partnership with the Government and other health sector providers. 

The theme for this year’s commemoration of the World Cancer Day is “I AM and I WILL”. As part of the program, a church service will be held today at the Vaiala E.F.K.S Church. The official World Cancer Day will be officially marked tomorrow. 

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