International Day Against Breast Cancer In Altea

SOLIDARITY: Women, men and children forming a pink bow  Photo credit: Altea town hall  

Painting the town pink 
ALTEA is commemorating International Day against Breast Cancer on October 19 with weeklong events. 
The World Health Organisation has chosen this day to raise awareness of the disease and promote access to diagnoses and controls, leading to timely and effective treatments. 
In collaboration with Anemona, the support group for women who have, or have had, breast cancer, the town hall’s Social Welfare and Health Department has organised a series of activities throughout the week, which included bathing the town hall façade in pink light. 
Events began in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento in front of the town hall where participants formed a pink bow, the symbol of the fight against breast cancer. 
This was followed by two manifestos, one read by Ainhoa Gonzalez de Zarate, the town’s junior fiestas queen, and Patricia Flores whose mother belongs to Anemona. 
The event was attended by the president of Anemona, Maria Botella, the association’s Altea coordinator Yolanda Cebrian as well as Altea’s mayor Jaume Llinares, Social Welfare and Health councillor Jose Luis Leon Gascon and other members of the town council. 
The next day, Anemona set up an information point in front of the town hall, followed a day after with talks at a Benidorm hotel from doctors, psychologists and Anemona members. 
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