Coping with cancer in everyday life
Six months ago, my partner lost a family member to cancer. She was a vibrant, caring lady who was the cornerstone of a large family and is missed greatly by all.
The type of cancer she had is well-publicised by charities and advertising campaigns, but throughout the world millions of people are living daily with cancers that are not as prominent in the media.
Fund-raising and awareness is a huge component for charities
Locally, a new non-profit charity organisation – Purple Pants Promenade – has been created by two expats, Meg Burley and Bev Hill who are planning to support both a local and a UK-based charity.
Wellbeing of Women, is a UK-based charity dedicated to providing research and improving the health of women and babies. www.wellbeingofwomen.org.uk (their website is in English)
Défi de Femmes, based in Antibes and Le Cannet provides psychological support and beauty treatments to those suffering from feminine cancers. They aim to restore women’s confidence and self-image, allowing them to feel and look their best. www.defi-de-femmes.org (their website is in French)
Many Riviera businesses have already shown support for this initiative including:
- Angloinfo expat network
- English Book Centre, Valbonne
- Fragonard perfumes, Grasse
- HeadHunters Hair and Beauty salon, Valbonne
- Pascal Bruno Marine Décor, Antibes
- Yachting Financial Solutions, Antibes
What is Purple Pants Promenade all about?
On Saturday 27 September, from 7pm-10pm they are holding a 3.5km charity walk in Antibes with proceeds going to the two charities.
The circuit will begin at the athletics track at Fort Carré and continue to Port Vauban before looping back to the Fort. You can complete the route once, or as many times as you like. The entire route is on flat ground so suitable for families with children, or wheelchair-bound participants.
The Purple Pants Promenade is open to all – adults (who will receive purple cycle shorts to wear to support the theme), and children (who will receive glow-in-the-dark purple bracelets).
Groups of business colleagues, yacht crew and sports teams are all welcome.
There will be entertainment during the evening at the athletics track, and prizes on the night for ‘most purple’ attire.
How do you register or donate?
There is an entry fee for the Purple Pants Promenade of €25 per adult, and €5 per child under 16 years and/or students; you can also be sponsored per kilometre or circuit completed.
- For more information, visit their Facebook page here
- To register for the charity walk or donate to this excellent initiative, the link is here