Rajasthan Royals (RR), who notched up a much-needed victory against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Tuesday night, will wear special pink jerseys in their next home clash against a formidable Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in order to raise awareness about early cancer screening. As part of the Royals' Cancer Out campaign, captain Ajinkya Rahane along with his teammates Heinrich Klaasen, Krishnappa Gowtham and Mahipal Lomror on Wednesday got themselves screened in an urge to promote early cancer screening.
"As a player I think this initiative is a small but crucial step towards a direction of cancer free society and I hope that we perform to the best of our ability to raise as much awareness as we can," Rahane said in a statement.
Photos of the event were uploaded on the team's different social media accounts.
Speaking at the occasion, Ranjit Barthakur, Executive Chairman, Rajasthan Royals said, "Cancer cure chances are higher with early diagnosis. We are committed towards delivering the message of early can-cer screening and risk reduction. We aim to bring early cancer screening into a part of routine medical check and facilitate the treatment. Cancer awareness education and understanding that early detection is crucial in saving lives, can enable more people across Rajasthan to live healthier and longer. "
Expressing his gratitude to the visiting team, Barthakur added, "We are very pleased and thankful to team 'Yellove' for sharing the same thought and coming ahead to support our cause
To generate mass awareness, the Royals will don the special jerseys which will have a blend of three colours -- pink, teal and burgundy.
The three colours symbolise the common types of cancer -- pink for breast cancer, burgundy for oral cancer and teal for cervical cancer.
The 'Cancer Out' campaign is a joint endeavour of Rajasthan Royals, the government of Rajasthan, and Tata Trusts.
(With IANS inputs)