x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Pure-bred sale raises cancer funds for campaign

Auction of seven Arabian horses raises Dh1.5 million for Friends of Cancer Patients' Pink Caravan Campaign.

Auction proceeds of seven pure-bred horses will be donated to the Friends of Cancer Patients' Pink Caravan Campaign.
Auction proceeds of seven pure-bred horses will be donated to the Friends of Cancer Patients' Pink Caravan Campaign.

SHARJAH // An auction of seven pure-bred Arabian horses last night raised Dh1.5 million for the Friends of Cancer Patients' Pink Caravan Campaign and marked the launch of three months of fund-raising activities.

The event at the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club was attended by Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed, Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife, Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed, who is chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and honorary president of the Friends organisation.

The organisation was established in 1999 to provide moral, financial, emotional and medical support for cancer patients and boost awareness about early detection and prevention within the UAE community.

Sheikha Jawaher last night thanked those who stood by her for 10 years as she worked to support cancer patients.

The campaign also involves a horseback ride from April 2-12, which will start in Sharjah and will move through all the emirates, finishing in Abu Dhabi.

"My dream is to ride across the UAE, which was inspired by a very brave friends," said Cecile Guillemot, one of the organisers.

"This journey is testament to many individuals working towards one direction."

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