Health and Beauty
Jozi Cancer Warrior Walk commemorates World Cancer Day
The first annual ‘One Step at a Time Cancer Warrior Walk’ is to be held at the Johannesburg Zoo to commemorate World Cancer Day on Sunday, February 4 2018.
Organisers of the walk, the Breast Health Foundation, encourage all of those who wish to pledge their support for the day to participate in the event.
Louise Turner, chief operations officer of the Breast Health Foundation, says that the One Step at a Time Cancer Warrior Walk, aims to pay homage to, and express solidarity with the ‘Cancer Warriors’, or those who are fighting, or have fought, cancer.
“We warmly invite those whose lives have in some way been touched by cancer, or who simply wish to honour those who have been impacted by this condition, to join us for the scenic 5km walk through the Johannesburg Zoo,” adds Turner.
“World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to raise awareness around this disease. It is for this reason that we are partnering the Cancer Alliance — a group of cancer control and advocate non-profit organisations which Breast Health Foundation is a member of — in the hosting of this walk,” she explains.
“The One Step at a Time initiative came out of an undertaking in which five breast cancer survivors trekked to Everest Base Camp in 2016. The five women showed a warrior spirit during the trek and demonstrated the triumph of the human spirit.”
According to Turner, the Breast Health Foundation advocates wellness and the event highlights the important role that exercise can play in supporting long-term health. Walking is an ideal form of exercise that can be enjoyed by the survivors, their families and supporters, she observes.
“The event has been made possible by the generosity of long-standing supporters of the Breast Health Foundation such as Netcare and the sponsorship of Universal Healthcare and CompCare Wellness Medical Scheme, Lancet Laboratories and Medipost Pharmacy. Netcare 911 has also stepped forward to offer emergency medical services support for the event, for which we are most grateful.”
The Breast Health Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established in April 2002 in partnership with several companies and organisations to educate the public on breast cancer and breast health, increase awareness of the disease and empower women.
The One Step at a Time Cancer Warrior Walk will be held between 7:30am and 1pm on Sunday, February 4, at the Johannesburg Zoo on Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkview. Gates open at 6am.
A R100 fee is payable per participant, which will be used to support the Breast Health Foundation. Tickets should be purchased through Quicket prior to the event.
Turner says that participants are welcome to enter as teams, and will be able to visit the wellness village to obtain further information, enter a raffle draw, enjoy food trucks and be provided with the opportunity to express their support for the Cancer Warriors.
One Step at a Time Cancer Warrior Walk bookings can be made online through Quicket via this web link: http://qkt.io/NrkCep. For ticketing support please call Quikcet on 021 424 9308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.