Fitness trio teams up to fight cancer in Saudi Arabia

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The event raised awareness of the importance of early detection examinations. Several sponsors of the event also made donations to Zahra Breast Cancer Association. (Photo/Supplied)
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The event raised awareness of the importance of early detection examinations. Several sponsors of the event also made donations to Zahra Breast Cancer Association. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 14 October 2019

Fitness trio teams up to fight cancer in Saudi Arabia

  • ‘Fit Fighters’ event offers funding to women battling illness

JEDDAH: Moral and emotional support have major roles to play in women’s fight against breast cancer, a leading Saudi sports and fitness coach said. RK Fit owner and calisthenics coach Reham Kamal was one of three female fitness experts who organized a “Fit Fighters” event at Le pont De L’amitie in Jeddah on Saturday to aid women battling the effects of the illness.
A portion of the entry fees for the sports and entertainment event will also be donated to the Zahra Breast Cancer Association.
“Moral support is needed because when patients receive news that they have breast cancer, they experience shock. Along with physical treatment, moral support plays a major role in the healing process,” Kamal told Arab News.
“Patients sometimes go through depression, become dissatisfied with life and refuse treatment. They don’t want to accept that there is no more life ahead,” she added.
Kamal said that it was common for women to feel they had lost a part of their femininity after a mastectomy, for example.
“We support them through sports activities since sport helps emotional well-being,” she said.
“Also, they have to be around people, they need to feel that they have positive energy and love life. Positive energy is part of the treatment and will help them overcome obstacles.
“As long as a person has the will and determination to get better, the treatment will benefit them.”
Kamal also urged women to have regular health examinations. The success rate of treatment with early detection is higher than 90 percent, she said.
Mashael Fagerah, owner of the fitness studio House of Agility, said that exercise helps boosts self-esteem among breast cancer fighters and survivors.
“Taking care of your health and exercising are essential, especially for breast cancer fighters or survivors,” she told Arab News.
“Exercising isn’t only about having a great body, it also has a lot to do with mental health. It makes a person feel at ease.”
Fagerah said that events such as Fit Fighters offered much-needed moral support.

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90% - Success rate of breast cancer treatment is over 90 percent if the illness is detected early.

“When breast cancer fighters see that people are with them, it plays a significant role in their self-esteem. Events such as this are enough for them to feel motivated.”
Ghaidaa Mandourah, owner of Ghaidaa Mandourah Fitness Center, said that sport provides a “first solution” to many problems in people’s lives.
“It can heal, manage and assist in many things. Today we are standing with these fighters and encouraging them. There is no stronger power than the one that comes from within,” she said.
Wed Al-Salamah, administrative manager at Zahra Breast Cancer Association, thanked the organizers of the event for their support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“It is heart-warming that they took the time to organize the event and support breast cancer fighters,” she said.
Al-Salamah said that the event raised awareness of the importance of early detection examinations.
“Our slogan this year is ‘More than 90 percent,’ which explains that the rate of success for treatment is more than 90 percent if breast cancer is detected early,” she said.
Several sponsors of the event also made donations to Zahra Breast Cancer Association. These included Mermaid Salon & Spa, photographer Rawah Mira, Golden Protein and Diablo: Devilishly Good Treats.


Saudi VAT revenues hit SR46.7bn in a year: Finance minister

Updated 14 November 2019

Saudi VAT revenues hit SR46.7bn in a year: Finance minister

  • Al-Jadaan announced the figures during the first edition of the General Authority for Zakat and Tax
  • Said Kingdom was working to reach a consensual solution for tax challenges

RIYADH: Saudi VAT revenues have hit SR46.7 billion ($12.45 billion), a significant increase on estimates for the fiscal year, according to the Kingdom’s finance minister.

Mohammed Al-Jadaan announced the figures during the first edition of the General Authority for Zakat and Tax (GAZT) conference and exhibition.

“The commitment rate came at 90 percent, exceeding all the expectations of GAZT and some international organizations that ranged between 60 and 70 percent,” he said.

“The conference comes as the Kingdom is witnessing an economic and social transformation under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to achieve a diverse economy and sustainable growth in line with the Kingdom’s 2030 vision.

“The Kingdom’s fiscal policy aims to achieve a balance between the state’s financial and economic objectives. It seeks to maintain financial sustainability for the medium and long terms, which stimulates economic growth rates. This generates from our recognition that fiscal policies are one of the most important drivers of growth in the non-oil sector,” he added.

“The digital economy is rapidly advancing. We hope that modern technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchains will improve compliance with zakat and taxes, enrich the business sector, lower costs, promote tax transparency and develop e-commerce tax regulations.

“This conference will hopefully achieve a qualitative leap in the sectors of zakat and taxes by promoting cooperation and exchanging experiences.”

Al-Jadaan said that as the Kingdom prepared to host the next G20 summit, it was working to reach a consensual solution for tax challenges of the digital economy and contribute with other member states to stabilizing the global economy.