Airswift and PNG Cancer Foundation host Pink Ribbon Lunch

Women signing in at the 2018 Pink Ribbon Lunch hosted by Airswift and the PNG Cancer Foundation (PNGCF)

2018 Pink Ribbon Lunch

On Wednesday 24th October, Airswift in partnership with the Papua New Guinea Cancer Foundation (PNGCF) hosted the 2018 Pink Ribbon Lunch at the Royal Papua Yacht Club. The event is part of the 2018 Pinktober Womens Cancer Awareness Campaign and provided an opportunity to the corporate community to actively participate and support women’s cancer awareness in PNG.

The event included guest speakers Dr. Mary Bagita, President of the PNG Obstetrics and Gynecology Society, Ms. Elizabeth Janjara, cervical cancer survivor, Janette Marx, Airswift CEO, Dr. Lynda Sirigoi, PNGCF Deputy Chairperson, and Dr. Arthur Elijah, Vice President of O&G Society.

Airswift CEO Janette Marx speaking at the 2018 Pink Ribbon Lunch

Making a difference

The vision of the PNG Cancer Foundation is to reduce the threat and impact of cancer in Papua New Guinea through the roll out of successful education and awareness programs in various locations across the country. Current statistics from the PNG Institute of Medical Research states that two women die every day from cervical cancer in PNG. This makes cervical cancer the most common type of cancer affecting women in PNG and makes Womens Cancer Awareness such a vital campaign.

View from the podium at the 2018 Pink Ribbon Lunch

Papua New Guinea Cancer Foundation

The funds raised from 2017 allowed the PNGCF in 2018 to reach out to over 1,800 participants in the Provincial Community Outreach Program in West New Britain and Morobe provinces on cancer education and awareness, as well as distribute over 6,000 education and awareness materials on cancer and cancer prevention through the community and school-based cancer prevention programs.

Janette Marx, Airswift CEO, Marietta Lawrence, PNG Operations Manager and Calum Smith, Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific
Women posing for the photo booth at the 2018 Pink Ribbon Lunch
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