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Prepare for a sea of pink - Algoa FM launches 2017 Big Walk for Cancer

By Jesica Slabbert - Sep 22, 2017
Prepare for a sea of pink - Algoa FM launches 2017 Big Walk for Cancer

Port Elizabeth-based radio station, Algoa FM, is again expecting thousands of local residents to colour the Nelson Mandela Bay pink as they participate in its annual Big Walk for Cancer, which will be taking place on Saturday, the 4th of November this year.

The theme for the 2017 Big Walk for Cancer is ‘Walk as 1’ as captured in the slogan; “we walk for family, we walk for fun, we walk as 1”.

“What we have learned over the years from the province’s leading cancer support services is that there is always hope of remission, and that cancer in the family affects all generations,” said Dohné Damons PR and CSI Manager at Algoa FM.

Damons was speaking at the launch of this year’s Big Walk at the Boardwalk complex in Port Elizabeth.

In the weeks running up to the Big Walk, the Eastern Cape Department of Health, one of the walk’s major sponsors, will host a number of activations at various shopping centres across the Bay where they will provide free cancer screenings and education.

“Cancer is one of the serious challenges society faces. The Eastern Cape Department of Health fully supports the Big Walk and urges all members of the public to continue supporting the initiative. Let us all be there in numbers to demonstrate our support of cancer victims,” said Eastern Cape MEC for Health, Dr Phumza Dyantyi.

The annual five kilometre walk along the Port Elizabeth beach-front attracts over 10 000 people. Last year, the walk had 12 000 entrants, all walked through the cold rain in support for Cancer.

Proceeds raised by the 2017 walk will go to Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa (CHOC), the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and the Igazi Foundation.

The Igazi Foundation has been treating Eastern Cape blood cancer patients since 2010, and 2017 will be its fourth year of receiving support from the Big Walk.

CHOC, which helps children with cancer, and CANSA, which provides prevention and early detection services in Port Elizabeth and surrounds, are being supported for the second consecutive year.

“These organisations make a real difference in the lives of people with cancer and those close to them. It is a privilege for Algoa FM to be able to help raise funds for their work,” said Damons.

The entry fee is R65 per walker with a discounted rate of just R60 to all walkers who enter online and free entrance for those pushing their children in prams. There are limited pink T-shirts with the unique “Walk as 1” logo for the first 7 000 entrants.

The walk will start at eight from the lower entrance gate in the parking area of the Boardwalk off Second Avenue in Summerstrand, and walk along Beach Road to the Beacon, ending on the Festival Lawns in the Boardwalk complex.

There will be family entertainment, food and coffee stalls available.

Registration can be completed online at www.algoafm.co.za, or entry forms can be collected from Brian Bands on Cape Road, Brocketts Sports in Uitenhage and Totalsports in Cleary Park Shopping Centre, Walmer Park Shopping Centre, Greenacres Shopping Centre and Baywest Mall.