A total of 20,000 people took to the streets of Johannesburg this past weekend for the Avon Justine iThemba Walkathon. Women in Action joined them yet again, for the fourth year in a row, to show their support for everyone whose life has been touched by cancer.
This annual event promotes the message that early detection saves lives and spreads awareness of breast cancer as well as other forms of cancer. People of all ages dressed up in every shade of pink to walk either 5 km or 8 km in support of their chosen charities.
WiA volunteers made the most of the change of scenery. Throughout the week they visit cancer patients and their families at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital’s oncology ward in Johannesburg. One of the many initiatives they promote is the “Look Good Feel Better” programme which aims to help women with cancer. Workshops in makeup and skin care are offered to help patients feel better. There are programmes for men, women and teenagers and these are all held on the premises of the Johannesburg Hospital on set days every month.
WiA will be holding a cancer support group meeting on Tuesday, 5th November at 1pm at 20 Claim Street, corner Noord Street. Another meeting will be held on November 15th at 1pm at the Cenacle of the Holy Spirit in Soweto. WiA looks forward to seeing you there.
Being different and making a difference is what Women in Action is all about.
by Donna Owumbiko,
National Coordinator Cancer Project