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Better in Pink

1st Bali Pink Ribbon Walk Raises Rp. 100 Million to Fight Breast Cancer.

(5/18/2009) Bali International Women's Association (BIWA) in cooperation with the Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) and the Bali Hotel Public Relations Association organized the first Bali Pink Ribbon Walk to raise both funds and awareness in the battle against breast cancer on Friday, May 8, 2009.

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Central to the day's various activities was a 4 Kilometer leisurely walk through the beautiful gardens and the famous beaches that border Nusa Dua.

Almost 400 walkers including many locals, a team representing the British Embassy in Jakarta and 3 groups who specially flew in from various locales across Indonesia were in attendance to lend their support.

Organizers raised almost Rp. 100 million (US$9,000), an amount to be applied toward the Rp. 700 - 800 million needed to purchase a new mammogram machine to assist in the early detection of breast cancers.

In addition to "walking the walk" to fight breast cancer, visitors and participants were encourage to pen personal notes on pink ribbons commemorating friends and family members who have succumbed in a battle with breast cancer.

Less somber activities on tap during the day were a mini-bazaar, silent auction, raffle, lucky draw and special musical entertainments.

BIWA President, Melly St. Ange, told those in attendance that the ladies of her organization would continue to "walk" until sufficient funds and support are in hand to purchase the much-needed mammogram machine.

Shown on balidiscovery.com are pictures taken on May 8, 2009 during the 1st Bali Pink Ribbon Walk.