Big Walk raises R300 000 for cancer support

2017-04-05 06:03
From left are Myron Leonard (Chairperson of Igazi Foundation), Dr Singilizwe Moko (General Manager for District Health Services for the Eastern Cape Department of Health) and Dave Tiltmann (Managing Director of Algoa FM).Photo:SUPPLIED

From left are Myron Leonard (Chairperson of Igazi Foundation), Dr Singilizwe Moko (General Manager for District Health Services for the Eastern Cape Department of Health) and Dave Tiltmann (Managing Director of Algoa FM).Photo:SUPPLIED

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FOR every metre of the five kilometre course, R60 was raised for cancer treatment and support at the 2016 Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer, presented by the Eastern Cape Department of Health.

Among the 11 000 walkers who braved rain and wind were Phumulo Masualle (Premier of the Eastern Cape), Dr Pumza Dyantyi (MEC of Health), Pemmy Majodina (MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture) and Athol Trollip (Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro).

The annual walk, which is one of the biggest charity events in the Eastern Cape, raised a total of R300 000 to support non-profit cancer organisations in the Eastern Cape.

The Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa (CHOC), the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and the Igazi Foundation each received R100 000 at a formal cheque handover that took place in Port Elizabeth on March 31.

The Igazi Foundation has already used the proceeds donated by the walk to purchase a much-needed X-ray Machine.

“This machine saves lives. Before the machine arrived, we had to send our patients to Livingstone Hospital to have X-rays done, which was extremely inconvenient,” said Cole Cameron of the Igazi Foundation.

CANSA will be using the funds to restore and maintain the Strelitzia Care Home.

“It is a home-away-from-home that accommodates patients undergoing cancer treatment at the oncology clinics that are located far from their homes. The Strelitzia Care Home provides a safe and comfortable environment for patients who are undergoing treatment,” said CANSA’s Marius de Vries.

“CHOC will be using the donation to service its key areas at the Provincial Hospital’s Paediatric Oncology Unit.

“The money will be used to support our psychosocial services, and to transport children in Port Elizabeth and from the surrounding areas such as Tsitsikamma, Cradock and Grahamstown to receive treatment at the Provincial Hospital’s Paediatric Oncology Unit,” said Anne-Marie Stephenson the Fundraising Manager of CHOC Port Elizabeth.

The 2017 Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer will be held on November 4.

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