12th Bali Pink Ribbon Walk–A Virtual Affair

Bali Pink Ribbon (BPR) Walk operated by Yayasan Pita Merah Muda Bali has reshaped the 12th Bali Pink Ribbon Walk and fundraising event into a virtual affair to answer the challenges posed by the current global pandemic.

Operated in collaboration with the 99 Virtual Run Application – The Bali Pink Ribbon 5K Walk and Fun Run will be held on 24-25 October 2020 as a replacement for the annual event in Nusa Dua.

In the new virtual format, participants can complete a 5-kilometer walk in local parks or neighborhoods, either individually or in socially-distance small groups.

During the pre-event period, people affected by cancer are invited to share their stories online to emphasize the importance of fundraising in spreading the news on Bali’s breast cancer awareness campaign. At their option, participants can set off on a personal 5K after the live event, any time over that weekend, or, instead, complete it any time of their choosing during the Breast Cancer Awareness month of October.

Gaye Warren, the founder of Bali Pink Ribbon and a breast cancer survivor, said, “Over the last few months it might have felt at times like our lives were on hold, but one thing that hasn’t stopped throughout the pandemic is breast cancer. Cancer waits for no one. We must continue to make progress for people affected by cancer who have never needed us more. To do this, we need the public’s help. By joining us by running, jogging, or walking a 5K in local parks or neighborhoods on 24-25 October, people across Indonesia and throughout the world can make a real difference. Whether raising Rp. 50,000 or Rp. 500,000 – every Rupiah will help. Just have fun, and stay safe. COVID-19 has paused support groups and regional roadshows, but with the public’s help, we can get back on track and continue our vital work to save more lives.”

The first-ever virtual event is open to supporters of all ages and abilities, with participants encouraged to choose somewhere in the local neighborhood, such as a park or a garden and ‘race’ their distance, their way. The event will bring together “virtually” for the first time participants to support breast cancer awareness efforts in Bali, enabling anyone to participate wherever they are in the world.

Bali Pink Ribbon is now in its 12th year of providing the best breast cancer awareness information in Indonesia.

The money raised this year, as in years past, will go towards funding free breast screening roadshows across Bali and outer islands supported by the kindness of a medical team from Prima Medika Hospital and local volunteers. Funds will also be allocated to continue support group meetings and free healthy living talks and demonstrations for breast cancer patients. BPR also provides active support for breast cancer patients. The longer-term goal for fundraising is establishing a “Rumah Singgah” – a free hostel for women undergoing or awaiting treatment at a Denpasar hospital.

Sing-Up for the BPR 

Participants can sign up for the race on 99 Virtual Race Application available on AppStore and PlayStore. By participating, the runner donates Rp. 60,000 from their Rp. 199,000 application registration fee to support Bali Pink Ribbon’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns and activities.

Registration is open from 22 August until 23 October 2020.

Runners can also make a direct donation to BPR via the application with a minimum value of Rp. 50,000.

For more information visit the Bali Pink Ribbon Foundation Website   

About Bali Pink Ribbon Foundation

BPR is a volunteer organization working with Indonesian and Singaporean doctors that provides seminars providing valuable knowledge and understanding of breast cancer to women across Bali at their place of employment or in their villages.

The foundation also organizes breast screening in the knowledge that early detection of any changes in breast health saves lives. BPR also operates a support center in Denpasar, providing a safe place for women to share their breast cancer experiences with other survivors and those undergoing treatment. Bimonthly survivor meetings and seminars are held at the center, where information on living with and treating breast cancer is available in Indonesian and English.