Walk together against cancer

03 February 2019 | Events

Yolanda Nel • Windhoek

World Cancer Day is celebrated on 4 February every year and in this vein, the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) invites businesses and individuals to partake in the local event.

“Everyone meets at the CAN office on Monday (4 February) morning and our lavender walk starts at 08:30,” Rolf Hansen, CEO of the CAN said. Everyone is invited to wear lavender to promote the cause.

This year’s theme is “I am and I will”.

“We’re also adopting this theme to inspire change in solidarity with the global movement while reaffirming our 5-year strategic communication plan to fight cancer in Namibia,” Rolf said.

During a media event last week, he said that although CAN survives on donations, it is also important to get real commitment from the community. “Come assist us in the work we do and also donate your time,” he stressed.

The walk ends at the Central Hospital, where after fresh fruit will be handed out to the patients there, as well as patients at the AB May Cancer Centre.

He asked that walkers bring along fruit to make a change in someone’s life.

During last week’s event, Rolf said that early detection of the disease is a fight worth fighting. “Let us not loose Namibians unnecessarily,” he said, adding that early detection can not only reduce the cost of treatment, but also save more lives. “Let us stand together and inspire hope for our nation.”

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