By Confidente Reporter
MORE than 3 000 pairs of feet participated in the 5km community National Cancer Walk of Namibia and “walked cancer out of our towns in Namibia”.
Windhoek, Rehoboth, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay all came out for the first National Cancer Walk last Saturday held under the theme ‘Walk for Life’.
First Lady Monica Geingos and staff from the Office of the First Lady joined hands with the Windhoek community – Geingos even went for a 10km race to truly show her commitment to fight cancer in Namibia.
Lüderitz and Tsumeb will be the next towns to host their walks later in the year and many other towns have indicated that they too want to join in this national endeavour to create awareness and raise much needed funds to help fight cancer. On Friday, the ‘Shake-a-Can for Cancer’ campaign kick started the weekend’s activities, where the Cancer Association of Namibia, Hitradio Namibia and other partners stood on various street intersections of Windhoek to collect money and hand out the ‘I CAN. We CAN. Namibia CAN’ cancer information manual. This was done to not only raise funds, but also help educate Namibians on cancer and what exactly the association does to help fight the disease. The ‘can-shaking’ activities raised N$24 600, while ticket sales of the National Cancer Walk on Saturday exceeded N$60 000.
Funds raised are earmarked for the CHICA Namibia Fund (children fighting cancer). The fund has during the current financial period, already assisted young cancer patients to the tune of N$90 157 through transporting them to treatment facilities, buying nappies, food supplements and paying for excess medical costs not covered by the State or private medical aids according to the guidelines set out by the Patient Financial Assistance Programme of the Cancer Association of Namibia.
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