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Kay Taylor: Lake Merritt Walk for Women of Africa

25 Aug

This guest post was written by Kay Taylor, MD, OB/GYN, Executive Director of Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer (PINCC), based in Oakland. She is a Board-Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist whose dedication to providing high-quality health care to women around the world has led her on medical missions to Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras and inspired her to found PINCC.

PINCCCervical cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women in Africa, and in most of the developing world. 300,000 women die of it worldwide, every year; that’s 800 women a day! Yet cervical cancer is completely preventable, with screening exams and treatment. PINCC brings care, training and equipment to clinics and hospitals in 8 countries, screening and treating poor women and those with HIV/ AIDS.  In a single visit, we can find and treat the signs of developing cervical cancer, with  90+% cures!

PINCC is a non-profit, volunteer organization based here in Oakland; our Director, Dr. Kay Taylor, and many of our volunteers are from this community.  We take teams of volunteer doctors, nurses, and non-medical people to poor and rural communities in Africa, Central America and India, to train and equip public health clinics.  We continue our training visits until the staff is competent and the program is independent, thus establishing self-sufficient cervical cancer prevention programs that will continue to screen and treat women for many years to come.  In the four years we have been working, our volunteers have trained hundreds of doctors and nurses to provide this life-saving care.

In June 2009, PINCC began the training of 47 doctors and nurses in 5 new health centers, in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.  Women in these rural areas have never had a pelvic examination; they don’t even know what this disease is called, though they all know someone who has died with the painful symptoms of this disease. We need to raise $10,000 for our return mission next January, to supply the equipment for treatment and complete the training process.  We have a team of volunteers who are ready to donate their time and pay their own way.  We are holding this Walk for Women of Africa to raise this money.  We are not supported by any government funds or grants; it’s the generosity of caring people that has allowed us to perform this sustainable service. We encourage you to sign up to walk, or to support a walker, on our website, www.pincc.org.

HOW MANY LIVES CAN YOU SAVE?

PINCC Walk for Women of Africa
Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer

When: August 29, 2009, 10 am to 1 pm
Where: Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA
Meet at the Pergola, near Lakeshore and Grand. Distance around lake is 3.5 miles; there’s prizes for most miles walked and Most money raised. Free t-shirt for donors and participants.
How Much: As much as you can raise!  Only $15 can save a woman’s life by providing screening for cervical cancer.

August 24-30 Oakland Political & Community Events

24 Aug

Thursday, August 27th – Walk Oakland Bike Oakland Meeting

Please note that this month’s volunteer meeting breaks from the normal schedule. Instead of being on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm (as next month’s meeting will be), the meeting will be on a Thursday at 7:30pm. Why the change? People have been asking to get out and socialize after meetings, so we thought we’d help make that happen. The meeting will be all of 30 minutes. We’ll talk about the status of WOBO’s campaigns, with a focus on the Urban Paths and Oakland “Sunday Streets” projects. After the meeting, attendees will have the chance to socialize at some nearby walkable/bikeable watering holes. Which ones? That’s up to those who show. It’s democracy in action! (NOTE: The meeting is an official WOBO event, but the socializing afterward is unsponsored.) This meeting will be held from 6:30-7:00 pm at Bay Area Wilderness Training, 2301 Broadway, Suite B – enter on 23rd Street. For more info, visit WOBO’s website.

Friday, August 28th – Fourth Friday Summer Nights: A Little Princess

This summer, the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate is hosting free movies on the fourth Friday of each month. This month, they’ll be showing A Little Princess. Via V Smoothe, “The grounds open at 6 PM for picnicking and wandering. Music is provided before the movies, which begin around 8:30, once the sun sets. And if you don’t have a car, no problem! AC Transit line 45 drops you off maybe a 10 minute walk (or less, depending on how fast you walk, I guess) from the Estate and runs until midnight.” The estate is located at 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct.

Friday-Sunday, August 28th-30th – Eat Real Festival

Street food, fresh summer fruits and veggies, live music, handcrafted local beers, ice cream sold from the back of a bicycle. Come find it all and more at Eat Real, a free festival, taking place August 28-30 at Jack London Square. Buy from your favorite street food vendors, pick up a ticket for the Beer Shed and sample from among the 40-something microbrews, or shop in the Market for local produce and artisanal snacks. In between the good eats, enjoy the non-stop entertainment and activities that include chef demonstrations, dance performances, bands, films, food competitions, and lots more, for free. Proceeds from the event benefit People’s Grocery, La Cocina and Community Alliance with Family Farmers. The festival takes place on Friday 4pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, and Sunday 10am-5pm. Find out more info at the festival’s website.

Saturday, August 29th – GhostTown Farm Tour, Food and Demo

Via Novella Carpenter: “I’m really excited about the Eat Real Festival to be held in Oakland August 28-30. There’s going to be sustainably-raised meat taco trucks, dinners held at restaurants that feature produce from urban farms like City Slicker and People’s Grocery, ice cream cones and a beer garden. A lot of people have emailed me to say they’re coming to town for the festival and they’d like a tour of Ghosttown Farm. So I figured, hell, let’s make a whole day of it, with demonstrations, tours, bookselling, and a campfire where I burn all the wood and branches that have accumulated on the property. And it’ll be a good excuse for me to clean-up the damn place. And you can all laugh at my pink and red house (thank you my landlord).” This free event will take place from 10am-10pm at 665 28th Street at Martin Luther King. Find out many more details and exact times of demonstrations at Novella Carpenter’s blog.

Saturday, August 29th – Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer (PINCC) Walk for Women of Africa

This Saturday, walk around Lake Merritt to help prevent cancer. Distance around lake is 3.5 miles; there’s prizes for most miles walked and most money raised. Free t-shirt for donors and participants. Raise as much as you can! Only $15 can save a woman’s life by providing screening for cervical cancer. The walk takes place from 10am-1pm – meet at the Pergola, near Lakeshore and Grand. Find out more about PINCC at their website and look for a guest blog post here tomorrow about the event and the organization.

Saturday, August 29th Sistahs Steppin’ in Pride

The 8th Annual Sistahs Steppin’ In Pride March and Festival will take place at Lake Merritt and Snow Park in Oakland, California. The celebration honors the rich history and remarkable presence of the East Bay’s diverse lesbian, queer, and bisexual women’s community. Sistahs Steppin’ festivities offer a day of community, celebration and fun, with a pride march around Lake Merritt, and a “Sistah Village” featuring entertainment, food, games, arts & crafts vendors, and community organizations. MARCH: 11am – Gather at Astro Park, at the corners of MacArthur/Grand Avenue/Lakeshore (55 El Embarcadero) in Oakland. The march will begin promptly at Noon. With drums, banners, and the voices of hundreds of women, we will take to the streets loud and proud! FESTIVAL 1pm – 5pm: The free celebration continues from 1pm to 5pm at the Sistah Village in Snow Park located at 19th & Harrison Streets, Downtown Oakland EVERYONE is invited! Eat good food, meet great folks, enjoy talented performers, check out local artisans, and receive useful information and resources. There’s also a special family and elders’ space to enjoy. Come spend the day with us! Sorry, but pets are not allowed at Snow Park. Find out more info at the Sistahs Steppin’ website.

Saturday-Sunday, August 29th-30th – Eat Real Bike Tours

Join a tour for two-wheeled foodies! Begin and end at the Eat Real Festival at Jack London Square.  Peddle along Oakland’s waterfront and meet local culinary artisans, learn their specialties and taste their creations. Meet local purveyors of sustainable chocolate, tea, beer and wine. Members of East Bay Bike Coalition or Walk Oakland Bike Oakland and readers of this blog receive $10 off cost. Bike rentals available from Bay Area Bikes. The tour runs from noon-4:30 on Saturday and Sunday and costs $40 ($30 with the discount). Read more about it in Karen Hester’s guest blog post and register online.