YABA guests raise £1,700 for charity
It may have been organised as a night to celebrate the leading Asian businesses across Yorkshire yet last month’s YABA awards also showed the generous side of professionals as funds were raised for charity.
The Yorkshire Asian Business Association (YABA) marked the beginning of their new partnership with Yorkshire Cancer Research at their annual awards dinner on Thursday 24th September.
Having recently announced plans to work together to improve cancer awareness and outcomes among Asian communities, a total of £1,700 was raised on the night through generous donations.
Charles Rowett, Chief Executive Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said the charity’s relationship with YABA will help address ‘significant issues’ across Yorkshire.
“The YABA Awards Dinner was a great celebration of hard work, perseverance and innovation,” he said.
“There was an enormous passion and enthusiasm for Yorkshire and a real commitment to family and community. The support for Yorkshire Cancer Research on the night was very much appreciated.
“More importantly, our relationship with YABA and their connections with Asian business leaders will help us to address significant issues across Yorkshire and especially in Bradford.”
Statistically there are distinct cancer problems within Asian communities that are often worse than those affecting other groups.
These include significantly lower rates of participation in national screening programmes for breast, bowel and cervical cancer.
There are also higher levels of diagnosis through emergency presentation within Asian communities, which often means the cancer is detected at a later stage when it is more difficult to treat.
Amarjit Singh, Chairman of YABA, backs the campaign and is looking forward to working more with the charity in coming months.
“We were very pleased with the support that the Asian businesses gave to Yorkshire Cancer Research at the YABA awards last week,” he said.
“Moving forward, YABA will be facilitating meaningful and interactive discussions on how Yorkshire Cancer Research is going to build on this relationship to start engaging with the Asian community.
“The community needs to know how the charity will provide knowledge of their services on avoiding, surviving or coping with cancer.”
For more information about Yorkshire Cancer Research, please visit www.ycr.org.uk, or to learn more about YABA, head to www.yabaawards.com