PinkDrive touches hundreds of lives

2017-10-26 06:01
PinkDrive CEO and founder Noelene Kotschan (second right), with Kouga councillors Frances Baxter and Atri Carstens and Mayor Elza van Lingen at the state-of-the-art mobile unit.                           Photo:SUPPLED

PinkDrive CEO and founder Noelene Kotschan (second right), with Kouga councillors Frances Baxter and Atri Carstens and Mayor Elza van Lingen at the state-of-the-art mobile unit. Photo:SUPPLED

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

HUNDREDS of community members from Kouga and KouKamma received free cancer screenings during PinkDrive’s first visit to the Eastern Cape last week.

The five-day outreach started at Kareedouw and Clarkson, then moved on to the KwaNomzamo Clinic at Humansdorp, Sea Vista Clinic at St Francis Bay and Pellsrus Clinic at Jeffreys Bay.

Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen said almost 1 000 cancer-related tests were conducted free of charge by the PinkDrive team, led by their CEO Noelene Kotschan, over the course of the week free.

“The theme of the outreach was ‘Early detection saves lives’. It was heartening to see so many women and men taking the message to heart and making use of this opportunity,” the Mayor said.

A total of 479 clinical breast exams, 111 mammograms, 188 pap smears, 32 ultra sounds and 153 prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests were conducted and 30 referrals were made.

The Mayor thanked the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, Kouga Wind Farm and Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm for making the outreach possible.

“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the outreach was a wonderful way to raise awareness of the importance of early detection,” she said.

More than 700 learners further benefited from a health education programme presented at local schools to complement the outreach.

The PinkDrive was supported by local roleplayers, including the Department of Health and NGOs, whose staff were on hand to conduct diabetes, tuberculosis, HIV and nutrition screenings.

“Hundreds of lives were touched. We are grateful to all the roleplayers who took hands and helped to make the outreach a success,” the Mayor said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Investment Associate

Cape Town
Mass Staffing Projects
R620 000.00 - R780 000.00 Per Year

Senior Investment Analyst

Cape Town
Tumaini Consulting
R550 000.00 - R775 000.00 Per Year

C# Developer

Cape Town
Goldman Tech Resourcing
R300 000.00 - R360 000.00 Per Year

Property [change area]

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.