Charities officially receive funds raised during Algoa FM’s 2016 Eastern Cape Big Walk for Cancer

BY JESICA SLABBERT - MARCH 31, 2017
Charities officially receive funds raised during Algoa FM’s 2016 Eastern Cape Big Walk for Cancer

At the 2016 Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer, which was hosted in October in partnership with the Eastern Cape Department of Health, R60 was raised for every meter walked on five kilometre course, which totalled to R300 000.

The money is meant to support cancer research and treatment at various non-profit organisations located in the Eastern Cape.

Among the many participants was the Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle; Eastern Cape Health MEC, Dr Pumza Dyanti; Eastern Cape MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Dr Pemmy Majodina, and Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip.

On Friday, three local foundations - the Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa (CHOC), the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and the Igazi Foundation, officially received R100 000 of the total amount raised.

With its share, the Igazi Foundation has acquired a much needed X-ray machine.

“This machine saves lives. Before the machine arrived, we had to send our patients to Livingston Hospital to have X-rays done, which was extremely inconvenient,” described Cole Cameron spokesperson for the Igazi Foundation.

Meanwhile, CANSA said that they have used the funds to maintain and restore the Strelitzia Care Home in Glendinningvale, Port Elizabeth.

“It’s a home-away-from-home that accommodates patients undergoing cancer treatment at the oncology clinics that are located far from their homes. The CANSA Strelitzia Care Home provides a safe and comfortable environment for patients who are undergoing treatment,” said CANSA’s Marius de Vries.

The other beneficiary, CHOC, will be using its share of the money to service the Provincial Hospital’s Paediatric Oncology Unit where it conducts its work.

“The money will be used to support our psychological services, and to transport children in Port Elizabeth and from the surrounding areas such as Tsitsikamma, Cradock and Grahamstown, to receive treatment at the Provincial Hospital Paediatric Oncology Unit,” said Anne-Marie Stephenson, fundraising manager of CHOC Port Elizabeth.

Speaking at the official handover ceremony, Dave Tilmann, Managing Director at Algoa FM, said; “The success of the walk, the money it raises in support of the fight against cancer, and the recognition it receives is all thanks to Algoa Country. Without the support of the community, it wouldn’t be as successful.”

The 2017 Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer will be held on the 4th of November.