Metro throws support behind breast cancer drive

2017-10-11 06:02
From left are, Ajay Sethi (NMB Stars owner), Dineo Mokonenyane (NMB HIV & Aids representative), Noelene Kotschan (PinkDrive CEO), Maureen Botha (Public Health District Manager) and Athol Trollip (NMB Executive Mayor) at the press briefing held in the City Hall last week.                                                Photo:THANDI SETOKOE

From left are, Ajay Sethi (NMB Stars owner), Dineo Mokonenyane (NMB HIV & Aids representative), Noelene Kotschan (PinkDrive CEO), Maureen Botha (Public Health District Manager) and Athol Trollip (NMB Executive Mayor) at the press briefing held in the City Hall last week. Photo:THANDI SETOKOE

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THE Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, has shown his support towards breast cancer by teaming up with the breast cancer community carer, PinkDrive, in an initiative that will see hundreds of men and women across the city receive free cancer screening from October 23 to October 27.

The PinkDrive mobile unit will provide breast cancer screening at five community clinics in the metro, namely Walmer Gqebera Community Health Centre, Chatty Community Centre, Letitia Bam Centre, Motherwell Health Centre and Greenbushes Clinic.

The screening, which will take place during World Cancer Month, will enable communities to have access to mammograms, pap smears, PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen), clinical breast examinations and education.

Trollip said that the municipality was supporting PinkDrive’s message of “early detection saves lives”.

“PinkDrive does fantastic work by providing a mobile service to communities that do not ordinarily have access to appropriate early detection screening.

“The key to successful cancer treatment is early detection and a lack of access to this service should not consign less fortunate people to a terminal illness that can be treated,” the mayor remarked.

He described that by affording PinkDrive the platform to work in the communities, these issues were addressed accordingly.

“Patients diagnosed will be immediately referred to Livingston Hospital via their referral clinic for further assessment and treatment,” he added.

CEO and founder of PinkDrive Noelene Kotschan expressed her gratitude to the support received thus far from the municipality.

“We as PinkDrive are always honoured to be the hands in the community. Our task at hand is big and we cannot do it alone,” she said.

Last Tuesday the municipality held a fundraiser which saw an amount of R350 000 raised as residents and businesses reached deep into their pockets in support of the campaign.

NMB Stars cricket team from the T20 Global League also came on board with a generous donation of R50 000 and have included the PinkDrive logo on their kit.

“Investment in sport business is not all about money. As I always say, sport belongs to the people, so it is our duty to contribute towards the community,” NMB Stars owner Ajay Sethi said.

Kotschan noted that the Johannesburg-based drive is also looking at becoming more active in the Eastern Cape and will soon visit communities in and around the Wind Farms as well.

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