Pune, November 10, 2019: “Pinkathon Pune 2019” was organised at Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) for “Women’s Empowerment and Breast Cancer Awareness” on 10th November 2019. Mrs Neena Saini, Regional President Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA), Southern Command was the Chief Guest for the event and flagged off the Pinkathon 2019 which had participants competing in 21 kilometers, ten kilometers, five kilometers and three kilometers, runs.
Approximately 5000 women participated in the Pinkathon including lady medical cadets from AFMC, serving lady officers, ladies from Pune station and the local civilian participants. Around 30 pregnant women and women with babies strapped to their bodies also participated in the event to promote the concept that it develops a closer emotional bond between mother and child and helps in breaking the myth that women have to be constrained by new motherhood.
Pinkathon is conducted across India by Mr. Milind Soman, founder Pinkathon in cities like Guwahati, Delhi, Pune, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. It was created with the specific purpose of getting more and more women to adopt a fitter lifestyle and to highlight the need for increased awareness about Breast cancer and other issues that put women’s life at risk. Surgeon Vice Admiral Ravi Kalra, Nausena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Presidents Honorary Surgeon, Commandant AFMC emphasised the need of increased awareness about Breast cancer and other health issues while interacting with the participants.