By Staff Reporter
Zimpapers has applauded corporates and individuals who partnered the Group in its 2019 edition of the Annual Cancer Power Walk; saying a united effort by Zimbabweans was needed in the response to Cancer.
The Group’s Annual power walk this year was held at a time when the Government through the Ministry of Health and Child Care announced that Cancer has become the leading killer in Zimbabwe; with 30 % deaths being recorded annually. Over 250 000 children and adolescents below 20 years are diagnosed with cancer every year and of these 90 000 do not survive.
All this comes against a background of a serious lack of awareness about Cancer; its causes; ways to prevent it and the importance of early detection. In most cases; detection only takes place when the Cancer has spread and chances of successful treatment are limited. Cancer treatment is very expensive and has seen many people who get a cancer diagnosis appealing for support from the public to get treatment. Most opt to go outside Zimbabwe for treatment citing prohibitive costs locally.
Zimpapers Group Public Relations and Corporate Affairs Manager Ms Beatrice Tonhodzayi said the overwhelming support by corporates and individuals to this year’s campaign showed that everyone was now alive to the fact that Cancer is not only real but is causing devastation across the country.
“Times are hard for many businesses and individuals but still the support we received with this Campaign was amazing. Some companies and individuals would even ask us how they could help. There are many individuals who literally sacrificed to register for the walk because they have seen what Cancer has done to their loved ones. Transport and fuel costs are high but these people pushed to join the cause. They needed to join the cause. We truly wish to thank everyone who came through to take part in this cause. We need to keep joining hands because this is now a real critical issue; which none of us can ignore. All our hands are needed on deck.
“As we went round engaging other businesses to partner us; we realised that despite the tough economic environment; business also realises that Cancer has become a threat. When a disease threatens your publics; from the internal to the external; then you have to worry. We are all affected by Cancer. It has become a national concern that we cannot afford to ignore. Staff members and their loved ones are succumbing to Cancer. Even children are not spared. Men and women are all at risk as Cancer does not choose. We are glad that through this Campaign we managed to place Cancer on the agenda with all our media platforms running with it. In that small way; I hope we helped raise awareness amongst Zimbabweans. Nobody can afford to ignore this very real threat,” she said.
Zimpapers Cancer Power Walk is hosted annually in partnership with Island Hospice and Healthcare; with all proceeds going to Island Hospice for palliative care; which is a critical component of cancer management. This year the walk was held simultaneously in Kariba, Mutare, Harare and Bulawayo.
This year’s Walk which took place on the 9th of November was sponsored by the following; The Chinese Embassy, Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority, Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, Choppies, Audio Connect, Cresta Hotels, Zambezi River Authority and FBC Holdings.
Support also came from Ace Ambulance,Agribank ,Fusertech, Zimbabwe Power Company ,Medirite Healthcare,Zorro,B&P Group of Schools, Premier Services Medical Aid Society, Pendulum Pharmaceticals,Ekhaya Travel,Tinmac Motors,Econet Wireless,Manica Boards and Doors,Manicaland Motoring Club,Tanganda,National Aids Council, Kariba Municipality, Devine pharmarcy,Ambulance Care and Evacution,Check Up Health, Bantuart Mutare Bottling Company, Emras and Powershop
Hundreds of people across Kariba, Mutare, Bulawayo and Harare participated in the walk and run before undergoing Zumba sessions. Health checks were on offer with service providers offering HIV testing, Diabetes checks and breast examinations.