Big Walk invests R380 000 in upgrades to EC cancer services

2016-04-13 06:00
From left is Dr Pumza Dyantyi (Eastern Cape MEC of Health), Dave Tiltmann (MD: Algoa FM) and Myron Leonard (Chairperson: Igazi Foundation).             Photo: SUPPLIED

From left is Dr Pumza Dyantyi (Eastern Cape MEC of Health), Dave Tiltmann (MD: Algoa FM) and Myron Leonard (Chairperson: Igazi Foundation). Photo: SUPPLIED

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CANCER facilities in the Eastern Cape will be receiving upgrades to the value of R380 000 after the official cheque handover to Igazi Foundation, beneficiary of the 2015 Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer.

Close to 12 000 people flocked to Summerstrand on October 31 last year for the annual event. Participants walk in memory and support of people affected by cancer.

According to Dr Neil Littleton, the founding member of Igazi, the funds would be used to support the ongoing upgrades and improvements of medical equipment and other facilities at the Oncology wards at the Provincial Hospital.

“We’ve been successfully hosting this event for the past 17 years in support of people affected by cancer, but since we partnered with the Eastern Cape Department of Health (ECDH) last year we were able to make a greater impact through the two-month long cancer awareness campaign on Algoa FM that preceded the event,” said Managing Director at Algoa FM, Dave Tiltmann.

Accompanied by the Algoa FM team, the ECDH hosted numerous health and cancer screenings at shopping malls in and around Nelson Mandela Bay including Kwanobuhle, Kenako and Cleary Park Mall. Over a thousand screenings were done collectively at the three activations, of which each activation was three hours in duration.

The tests were all free and included hypertension, diabetes, blood pressure, glucose levels, cervical and prostate cancer, breast self-examination, and TB screenings and tests.

“This initiative would not have been possible without the support of the community who warmly embrace the event every year,” said Tiltmann.

“This event is evidence of what can be achieved when corporates, government, the non-profit sector and the community work together. I would like to encourage more businesses, corporations and individuals to get involved in this event in any way possible, whether through sponsorship or participation.

“Although these funds will make a big difference in continuing the upgrades to the facility, the reality is that the work required is endless and continuous support is necessary,” said Littleton.

Planning for this year’s Big Walk for Cancer event is already underway. This year’s 5km walk will take place on Saturday, October 29.

“Similar to that of previous years, the event promises every participant a unique experience, including competitions where early entrants can win big in the lead-up to the event. Walkers are encouraged to dress-up with family and friends in their craziest pink outfits.

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