At Vasilyevsky Spusk in Moscow, the Fifth Annual “Avon Breast Cancer Crusade” Walk was held under the motto “Join us and fight!”. The Walk coinciding with the company’s 125th anniversary, raised about ten million rubles which will be allocated to solve critical problems in the fight against breast cancer.
Before the Walk at Vasilyevsky Spusk there was a unique event. A “START-mob”, of four and a half thousand people joined together to form a gigantic pink ribbon, the world recognized symbol of the fight against breast cancer. Over three thousand people took part in the walk along the central streets and riverbanks of Moscow, marching across the city waving banners bearing the motto «Fight for your life!» in the air
The Fifth Annual Avon Charity Walk was supported by leading medical experts, public officers, representatives of the State Duma of the RF and the Public Health Department of Moscow.
On the Fifth Charity Walk, about 300 women consulted doctors on matters of breast health. Thanks to the support of the partners of the 2011Walk, Siemens, Sanofi-Aventis and Johnson&Johnson, the number of medical experts participating in the event greatly increased. This meant more visitors could be examined and, for the first time in the history of the Walk, an ultrasound examination featuring Siemens equipment was available to the participants.
Valeriya, Dmitriy Malikov, Pelageya and Sergey Lazarev headlined the festival, which followed the Walk. The bands Gorod 312, Gradusy, Blondrock and celebrities Alexander Peskov, Viktoriya Lopyreva, Masha Tsigal, Kseniya Borodina and many others also participated in the event.
“All of us — Avon, medical experts, partners and information partners, Government organizations, the mass media and Russia’s pop stars have been combining our efforts for eight years to bring an end to our common enemy – breast cancer. Today, we have witnessed how thousands of people with a common goal coming together once again at Vasiliyevsky Spusk to celebrate this day of Beauty and Health and, once again, we are convinced that together we can win!” says Angela Kretsu, CEO, Avon East Europe.
Elena Fadeeva, General Director, Fleishman-Hillard Vanguard commented: “The Annual “Avon Breast Cancer Crusade” Walk is one the most important charity events in Russia. We are very happy that Avon cares both women’s beauty and health, and we are proud to work with such a socially responsible company.”
Today, Avon is one of the world’s most successful direct-sales companies with a turnover of $10 billion. Avon employs 6.5 million people in 100 countries worldwide and has won multiple awards for its perfume and cosmetics. In 2011, Avon is celebrating its 125 Anniversary.
Avon’s charity program “Avon Breast Cancer Crusade” started in Russia in 2002 and it is a perfect example of corporate social responsibility. During the 9 years of its presence in Russia, the charitable program’s initiatives have been supported by the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development of the RF, public organizations and the medical community. During the Program’s activities in Russia, Avon has raised more than 300 million rubles for the fight against breast cancer . More than 12 large scale projects have been implemented, over 42,000 women have been examined by doctors, and over 270,000 queries were answered on the Russian nationwide hot line.
Charity Walks under the auspices of the charitable “Avon Breast Cancer Crusade ” program have been taking place in 50 countries for more than 10 years. This grand initiative has helped to raise more than $122 million to help fight breast cancer.
The Avon Charitable Walk first took place in Russia in 2007 and over the years the walks collected 20 million rubles. In 2010, the “Avon Breast Cancer Crusade” Charity Walk received an Award for Excellence in the category “Charitable event of the year”.
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