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Cancer power walk a success

By Betty Chitsa / Published on Tuesday, 06 Nov 2018 14:32 PM / No Comments / 464 views

6 November 2018

Zimpapers CEO Mr Pikirayi Deketeke with Island Hospice director Bev Sebastian, during cancer walk

Zimpapers Public Relations and Corporate Affairs manager, Ms. Beatrice Tonhodzai, said this year’s cancer power walk edition was a success considering the number of people and corporates that took part.

“We are very excited at the level of support that we received not only from the individuals but also the corporates that participated.

“We had about 15 corporates and it’s a record as it is the first time in the first time we have received such a big number of corporates.

Scenes in Mutare

“This year we engaged Bulawayo and Mutare unlike in the past two years where it was done in Harare only,” she said.

Ms. Tonhodzai added that Zimpapers in partnership with Island Hospice came up with the advocacy toward cancer.

“Island Hospice deal with palliative care for cancer patients so all the proceeds are going to cancer patients.

Harare participants

“We chose cancer patients as our beneficiaries because the cancer power walk is all about cancer awareness.

“Zimpapers in conjunction with Island Hospice are aiming on engaging a lot of people in the cancer power walk in the years to follow.

Ms. Tonhodzai added that this year’s edition was bigger and better as compared to 2016 and 2017’s.

“I am so gratified by the support we got from the first time cities with Bulawayo having close to 500 participants and Mutare we had an influx t shirts for walkers running out.

“For us to move to Mutare and Bulawayo it was after the realisation that cancer is not a Harare issue but national.

“We are really trying to spread our advocacy across so that it becomes a national advocacy,” she said.

Scenes in Bulawayo

Ms. Tonhodzai said at first it was all about cancer awareness but they later realised that, that’s not all they wanted for cancer campaigns.

“We also need practical things such as money and drugs for cancer treatment, hence, all the proceeds are going to cancer patients.

“This year’s cancer month’s theme was ‘We can, I can, every action counts’ so by walking we took an action.

“On behalf of Zimpapers I would like to thank our sponsors and everyone who took part in the cancer power walk.

 

 

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