Thousands of participants braved the rain walked in memory and support of their loved ones who have or is suffering from cancer at this year’s Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer.
Summerstrand was a wave of pink with around 11 000 walkers doing the five kilometre walk on Saturday, October 29.
They were joined by the Premier of the Eastern Cape Phumulo Masualle, Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor Athol Trollip, the MEC of Health Dr Pumza Dyantyi, Miss South Africa Ntandoyenkosi Kunene and a number of MECs and officials from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
The Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer, which was held in partnership with the Eastern Cape Department of Health, was the culmination of an awareness campaign run over several weeks.
There were free health screenings that took place at various centres across the province and also at the two-day registration and on event-day.
The screenings include tests for hypertension, diabetes, prostate cancer, blood pressure, glucose levels, tuberculosis, blood cancer and breast self-examination.
Information leaflets on health issues such as tuberculosis, family planning, cervical cancer and the dangers of smoking, drugs and alcohol where also distributed at these information kiosks.
This year the beneficiaries of the 18th annual event are the Igazi Foundation, CANSA and CHOC.
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