Fun beats cancer at community day

2015-10-13 06:00
A child poses for a picture whilst enjoying the horse ride at a community fun day in Garden Viilage. 


A child poses for a picture whilst enjoying the horse ride at a community fun day in Garden Viilage. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Maitland Garden Village residents had a fun fair this weekend and learnt about speaking up about breast cancer in the pro­cess.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The organisers saw it fit to hold this event so that they could educate members of their community about the disease in a fun way.

The fun fair was held at the Garden Village sports field on Saturday. The day was officially opened by ward councillor Brian Watkyns.

The main message was that people should not keep to themselves when they had cancer because there were people out there who could help them. Not only that, they could also live life to the fullest, no matter what.

The event included fun games, food, music, modelling and learning about breast cancer and how to beat it.

Children had several rides to choose from to enjoy the day.

Those who attended the event were also told about the importance of early detection and screening.

Charnell Southgate, the event organiser who is also a cancer survivor, says most people who are diagnosed with cancer are not open enough, making it difficulty for them to get help.

“We really care for people with cancer and we don’t want them to feel like they are alone.

“People came out to share their stories on cancer and to encourage others that there was still life after being diagnosed with cancer. I’m a cancer survivor, so I want other people to be positive and be aware of the disease.

“Most people, when they are diagnosed, don’t speak out and they don’t get the necessary help, but, above all, it has to come from within to fight it. One has to make a choice how to take it on when you are diagnosed.

“So we held this event to encourage each other and to support each other and, above all, to make people know the importance of speaking out and being aware of what to look for,” she says.

Candice Afrika, who attended the event, said it was well organised and there were a lot of things to learn about.

“It just wasn’t about taking kids out and having fun; we learnt a lot. And we also had to do our part in supporting those who are suffering from cancer and to support those who have won the battle.

“We are all here for each other; people have to reach out.

“We really appreciate having such events and we hope we will have them all the time, because they bring togetherness and it helps us show that we care for one another in one way or the other,” she said

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