The month of October is well known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of us have a family member, relative or friend who suffered from breast cancer or some other kind of cancer in their life. Unfortunately breast cancer is the most common form of cancer, so it is very important to detect it in its early stages in order that it can be successfully treated.
Aneliese Camilleri and Louise Critchley from Member Services, Martina Brtnicka from Marketing, and Azure Members’ Concierge Glen Stacey got together and decided to take part in the Pink October Run on the 18th October. Their aim was to spread awareness of breast cancer and to help raise more money for the purchasing of medical equipment to facilitate its treatment.
The Pink October Run took off from St Julians at 9am to the sound of up-beat music and a positive vibe all around. A short introduction and instructions were given by the organisers, while a thanksgiving speech was delivered by the Maltese Prime Minister’s wife Michelle Muscat. There were about 300 runners all lined up and ready to go when the starting gun was fired.
The event was greatly favoured by the splendid weather on the day, and all the runners started their way along the promenade towards Sliema/Gzira and back. One could feel the wonderful atmosphere and the participants’ dedication towards helping this noble cause, as well as wanting to take care of their own health by going on a Sunday morning run.
And why did our colleagues join the run?
It was Aneliese’s idea to participate in the Pink October Run, and she motivated the rest of the team to join her:
I dedicated my run to people I’ve lost to cancer, my nannu (grandfather) when I was a child, my uncle who we lost in two months and we weren’t sure what hit us, my dad’s best friend, and also anyone who’s been touched by it. I’ll definitely do this again; I think running for a good cause is great. It makes me appreciate more the fact that I can actually wake up in the morning and do this, and for that I am grateful.
Azure Team member Louise said:
I wanted to take part for my own personal achievement and also to raise money for the charity. I believe everyone at some point in their lives has been or will be affected in one way or another by this terrible disease, so it’s close to everyone’s heart.
Martina joined the event because she wanted to do something good for her health and a Sunday morning run was a great idea, but also because her aunt was a breast cancer survivor!
My dad’s sister Eva had to fight this awful sickness just a few months ago, and I thought I could indirectly show her and other breast cancer victims my great admiration for their courage and for not giving up – even battling and overcoming cancer!
Glen, who was also part of Azure Malta’s running team for the Tough Mudder race earlier this year, felt he needed a good reason to get himself back to training. And what better purpose than to also help others while you train?
I haven’t been training since we took part in Tough Mudder, and I wanted to do this not only because it’s for a good cause, but also as an incentive to get me training again. The atmosphere was really good and the music along the way helped pump everyone up.
It was a great opportunity for some members of Team Azure to get together and help another great charity to be even more successful.