The Sunday News
Rumbidzai Mhlanga, Sunday Life Reporter
The Zimbabwe Newspapers Group in partnership with Island Hospice is inviting members of the public to the annual Cancer Power Walk scheduled for 9 November.
The aim of the event is to raise awareness about cancer and encourage healthy lifestyles. Proceeds from the walk will be donated to Island Hospice who deal with cancer related cases. Starting at 5AM, the route for the 5km walk in Bulawayo will start and end at Coghlan Primary School at the edge of the city centre. After the walk participants will have a Zumba session and free checks for blood pressure as well as sugar diabetes, among other conditions.
Zimpapers Public Relations and Corporate Affairs Manager, Ms Beatrice Tonhodzayi, said all was set for the event, adding that cancer was not “a women thing” as men were also affected. She said everyone welcome to the event.
She said registration for the walk will be ZWL$40. Ms Tonhodzayi added that the walk will be held on the same day in Kariba, Mutare and Harare as well.
“Zimpapers Cancer Power Walk is back, hence we are calling upon corporates and individuals who would want to sponsor in cash or kind to make this event a success. Nothing is too little to fight cancer, we all have loved ones that have been affected. Your contribution will go a long way in assisting cancer patients. In Bulawayo those interested can contact Charity Mugabe on 0712389139. They can register at the Chronicle offices even before the event.”
Ms Tonhodzayi said Zimpapers was keen on raising awareness around cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCD) as they continued to pose serious challenges in the country.
“This comes following the realisation that many people still lack an appreciation of such diseases and we are constantly being told that early detection saves lives, but very few people are going for regular screenings,” she said.
Bulawayo will host the event for the second year running.