Friends of Cancer Patients Society to organise UAE’s ‘Relay for Life’ cancer fundraising campaign

SHARJAH — As part of the first event of its kind in the MENA Region, the Friends of Cancer Patients Society, FoCP, has teamed up with American University of Sharjah, AUS, to help facilitate the inaugural of the UAE’s ‘Relay for Life’, cancer fundraising campaign, taking place on 17th and 18th November.

The event is organised by FoCP, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, and AUS will provide the venue for the global initiative, which was first inspired by a solitary fundraiser in the USA in 1985 who collected $27,000 for cancer research.

In signing the Memorandum of Understanding, the AUS has agreed to supply the sports grounds for the event, display logos of the sponsors, support FoCP with venue security and support the event with volunteers and parking.

In the coming period, FoCP will organise a series of activities, workshops and events to drive participation in the initiative. It will include a number of visits to universities, schools and official and civil institutions around the UAE.

Sawsan Jafar, Chairperson of FoCP Board of Directors, said the partnership is a great endorsement of how much interest has been shown already and how eager individuals and organisations are to be a part of this very special occasion.

“Relay for Life is a wonderful event with a mission that so many people associate with. It is an opportunity to do more than just donate, it is a chance to take part, to show your passion, and to show your devotion to the cause. Tragically, too many people understand the pain and heartache that cancer brings and this event is one way to make a difference in easing that anguish. We thank American University of Sharjah for their kindness and their contribution in helping us to make this a truly remarkable event.”

Speaking on behalf of the university, Dr. Bjorn Kjerfve, Chancellor of American University of Sharjah, said, “We are pleased to partner with Friends of Cancer Patients. They are known across the region as stalwarts of cancer awareness and prevention and this event provides an opportunity for us to play a part in their extraordinary work.”

Source: Emirates News Agency