Saudi women hike to Everest base camp for breast cancer awareness

10 Saudi women want to promote healthy lifestyles and educate compatriots
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By Elizabeth Broomhall
Mon 07 May 2012 11:35 AM

A group of Saudi women will trek to Mount Everest’s base camp next month in a bid to promote physical fitness and healthy lifestyles among Arab women to avoid breast cancer, the Saudi Gazette has reported.

The 10 women, who are either relatives of breast cancer victims or survivors themselves, will to hike to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal at an altitude of 5,400 meters.

The mountain climbers will leave on May 7 returning May 21, and will be accompanied by three crew members who will record their journey for a short film.

The team is urging other women to support their cause by walking for 15 minutes a day for 15 days during the journey time, posting their experiences on Facebook and Twitter.

The hike has been arranged Princess Reema Bint Bandar and the Zahra Breast Cancer Association under the patronage of the Saudi Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, as part of a campaign to raise awareness about the causes of breast cancer and to encourage all Saudi women to stay fit.

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