Join us in the fight against breast cancer
Friday 07 October 2022
UniCredit Bosnia and Herzegovina, in partnership with Visa and the "Think Pink - Together we are one" association continues with the "Circle of Support" initiative, with the aim of raising awareness about breast cancer prevention.
October is recognised around the world as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a moment dedicated to educating people about the disease, how to prevent it and how to recognise its early symptoms.
Most women with breast cancer are diagnosed at an advanced stage of the disease resulting in low survival rates, while 90% of early-stage breast cancers are completely curable. For this reason, it is important to self-examine once a month to detect any early signs or symptoms, visit your doctor regularly and have a regular mammography.
UniCredit banks in Bosnia and Herzegovina are on a mission to raise awareness about the importance of prevention and education in fighting breast cancer.
During the months of September and October, all users of the UniCredit Visa cards will be able to support the initiative through their individual transactions. For each Visa card payment, UniCredit B&H and Visa will allocate 50 euro cents to the "Together we are one" fund – providing free mammography examinations for women in rural parts of the country to ensure as many women as possible have easier access to health care, psycho-social support, education and first aid packages for every woman in Bosnia and Herzegovina who has undergone breast cancer surgery.
On this occasion, Nela Hasić, regional director of the "Think pink – Together we are one" association said:
"Last year, through this initiative, over 27,000.00 euros were collected, which ensured more than 550 free mammography examinations, at 11 locations throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, which enabled the timely detection of changes and the initiation of further examination for 50 women and more than 80 free pap smear. This data is proof that prevention and timely reaction can save lives.”
Management Board President of UniCredit Bank d.d. Mostar, Amina Mahmutović and Management Board President of UniCredit Bank a.d. Banja Luka, Gordan Pehar, emphasised the importance of continuous social support for this topic, commenting:
"Our bank remains committed to empowering its people and customers, and providing the care and support our communities need to foster a more inclusive society and listening to the needs of vulnerable categories. We are proud that this initiative has saved the lives of many women, and in previous years, entire families, and we are proud to join likeminded forces on this important mission. It is extremely important to raise awareness about such a critical topic, because only prevention can protect us from this serious disease."
On October 1, the spire of the UniCredit Tower in Milan lit up in pink to remind people of the importance of early diagnosis in the fight against breast cancer.
In addition to the ongoing activities part of the ”My Support Circle’‘ campaign, colleagues from Bosnia and Herzegovina have also registered a team called UniCredit BiH on the “Race for the Cure“ website to raise money to support breast cancer patients by taking part in the largest sporting event for women’s health in Europe.