Cansa Relay for life: The battle is not over

Pippa Botha, Gerdi Terblanch and Mariolise le Roux.

MBOMBELA –  This is according to statistics released ahead of World Cancer Day on Saturday February 4.

CANSA Relay for Life (RFL), supported by J&M Security and Mazda Mbombela, works to combat the pandemic.

This year’s event, which takes place at Mbombela Stadium on March 17 and 18, was officially launched at the Mazda showroom in Riverside on Thursday.

Shaun, Gerdi and Adeline Terblanche.

The annual event takes place over 12 hours and aims to celebrate, remember, fight back and bring hope to cancer survivors. The media liaison officer of the local RFL committee, Mariolise le Roux, said the gloves are off as they plan to paint Mbombela purple.

Awie and Sarito du Plooy.

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“We are going to paint the entire city purple in March,” she said. “We are going to have a luminous ceremony on the Friday night to remember those who are affected by cancer. Our message is clear; we want to tell everyone that the battle is not over, we won’t stop until the cure is found,” she said.

Majaha William Mokoena.

According to Prof Vikash Sewram, director of the African Cancer Institute (ACI) at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, cancers are treatable and some curable. Yet, cancer rates are on the increase in Africa with approximately 1,3 million new cases expected by 2030 due to an ageing population.

The most common cancers in men were prostate, lung and colorectal cancer, while breast, cervical and colorectal cancer were the top three cancers in women.

Participating teams will walk around the field to pay tribute and remember those lost to cancer, support those fighting it, and celebrate those who fought it and won.

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The overall message of RFL is hope, and relayers walk in solidarity with the thought that there is no finish line until a cure is found.

Zodwa Nkosi

Those who are willing to be part of the event are asked to register their teams before the end of the month. A team of 15 people will pay an entry fee of R850 until the end of February, afterwards it will be a R1 000.

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Individual registrations are R60. All proceeds will go towards CANSA’s support services, research and awareness campaigns. Enquiries: Lana on 013-741-5441 or lana.nel1307

Bongani Mashisane
Digital Journalist

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