Thousands expected for Big Walk for Cancer

2015-10-21 06:00

ABOUT 10 000 people are expected to take part in the Algoa FM 5km Big Walk for Cancer on Saturday, October 31.

The annual event, organised by Algoa FM in partnership with the provincial Department of Health, is held to support the fight against cancer and promote healthy living among the people of the Eastern Cape.

The organisers said about 10 000 people from all walks of life were expected to take part - an increase over the 9 000 who did last year.

“We expect Miss World, Rolene Strauss, Idols judge and musician Unathi Msengana, Health MEC Phumza Dyantyi like last year, Premier Phumullo Masualle and mayor Danny Jordaan,” spokesperson Jennilee Peremore said.

Those taking part would be supporting beneficiary the Igazi Foundation, a non-governmental organisation specialising in the treatment of blood diseases, including blood cancer, she said.

As part of the outreach, the Algoa FM team and an information kiosk, had visited the KwaNobuhle Mall, the Kenako Mall and the Cleary Park Mall in Nelson Mandela Bay last week, Peremore said. They had been joined by Health Department nurses who conducted tests for cervical cancer, immunisations and breast examinations for early signs of cancer.

More tests would be done by full teams during registration for the walk on October 29 and 30 from 1pm to 7pm at the Boardwalk. These would be offered free, and results are strictly confidential.

Entry for the walk is R50 and can be done at Total Sports stores in PE, Brian Bands or online on www.algoafm.co.za

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