In honour of local fighters

2018-11-06 06:02
Fozia Rhodes lights a candle in memory of her father.

Fozia Rhodes lights a candle in memory of her father.

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After losing her father, brother and sister-in-law to cancer, community worker Fozia Rhodes has honoured those suffering from cancer and those affected by the disease with an annual initiative alongside the Beacon Valley Community Policing Forum Subforum members.

Rhodes initiated the Cancer March three years ago, but due to safety concerns as a result of on-going gang violence, the forum decided to host an interfaith service instead. The service was held on Saturday at the Jukskei Street Park.

“As a subforum, we do not only fight crime, we do a lot in the community. We believe in God and that he can heal. We want to show that we feel their pain and that we stand with them. I have helped many people with cancer and it has made me a stronger person. This year, we lost three women to cancer and we want to pray for all the survivors and those who died of cancer,” says Rhodes.

Adam Van Wyk, Subforum chairperson said this is an initiative to get the community talking about cancer.

“It seems like a sin that no one wants to talk about. Having these initiatives makes it possible for people to talk about cancer. It can be lonely but we are showing them that there is support for them. If there is support, they can overcome,” he says.

Residents were dressed in pink and wore ribbons handed out by the subforum.

The park was filled with pink balloons, ribbons and candles.

The candles contained the names of cancer survivors and in memorium of those in the area who had lost their fight with cancer. The initiative was supported by local police, with sector commander, Captain Trevor Katzen also lighting a candle.

Pastor Dean Ramjoomia led the service. “Think of those who have cancer. Being diagnosed is one of the most tragic events someone can go through. There are millions who die of this every year,” said
Ramjoomia.

Residents also received pamphlets with information on cancer prevention and treatment.

Marildia Adams, a cancer survivor also shared a few words. He encouraged the residents to have a moment of quiet reflection.

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