Following the success of the internal Cancer Awareness campaign last year, PT units decided to take a different approach this year.
The month of October is breast cancer awareness month but it was decided to raise awareness about cancer in general and also cancers that affect men.
South Africa is ranked 50th on the World Cancer Research Fund’s list of countries with the highest cancer prevalence rates. Prostate cancer is the number one cancer diagnosed amongst South African men followed by lung, oesophagus, colon/rectum and bladder cancer.
A recent study published by medical journal Lancet predicts that South Africa could see an increase of 78% in the number of cancer cases by 2030. From a global perspective, a 75% increase is expected, increasing the total incidence of all new cancer-cases from 12.7 million in 2008 to 22.2 million by 2030.
Cancer is already one of the world’s leading causes of death and has the greatest economic impact in the form of premature death and disability.
Units within the department came together and held a fundraising event in the Concourse, not only to raise much-needed funds for cancer treatment and research but also to raise awareness amongst all Western Cape Government staff.
With all the different directorates having their own tables and selling goodies there was a cake table, sweets shop, candy shop, cupcakes, healthy muesli table and even a pot of akni. One of the tables had hair spray and did some crazy hair spraying.
The Pink Drive did cancer screening for woman and men and also sold Pink Drive merchandise. Provincial Treasury raised R15 570 and all proceeds was donated to the Pink Drive Foundation.
A special thank to the individuals who came up with the initiative as well as all the helpers, “Shop keepers” and all staff who donated towards this worthy cause – there are too many to mention by name, but you know who you are 😉