ORGANISED by Gleaneagles Penang, as many as 1,200 people clad in purple shirts were at Youth Park as ‘Warriors in Purple’ in conjunction with National Cancer Survivors Day.
The event served to honour those who have overcome or are currently seeking treatment for the disease and the worldwide celebration calls for attention to the ongoing challenges faced by cancer survivors as well as to demonstrate that life after a cancer diagnosis can be rewarding.
Participants in the event took part in a 7-km run which covered the path along Jesselton Heights, around Penang Botanic Gardens and back to Youth Park.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow attended the event as the Guest of Honour to flag off the run while being accompanied by state Youth & Sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee and MBPP mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang.
“Support comes in many ways and forms. While we can count on our family members and friends to rally strength in our times of need, there’s something about the force of numbers through events like this that make a difference,” Chow said in his speech.
“Today we celebrate our cancer survivors. The event is aptly named. You are not just survivors. You are warriors,” he added.
Also present was Gleneagles Penang chief executive officer Ivan Loh.
Story by Victor Seow
Pix by Adleena Rahayu Ahmad Radzi