uMlazi goes pink for cancer
The 3rd annual Eye for Cancer Walk took place at the King Zwelithini stadium in uMlazi, Durban on Saturday. People from all walks of life came in their numbers to be part of this fun filled and educational event.
The Eye for Cancer Walk is an initiative by the Isolempilo Foundation in partnership with the CANSA Foundation. Founder of the initiative, Mthokozisi Shabangu from the Isolempilo Foundation says he was overwhelmed by the turnout.
“I started this initiative in commemoration of my late mother who we lost to breast cancer 3 years ago. It is amazing to see this grow. We have more people coming through every year and that is overwhelming,” said Shabangu.
Shabangu added that he saw the urge to create this foundation to educate the black community about cancer and also to give support to those affected and in need of certain aid.
The walk also had people from different medical sectors contribute to this event. South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and DUT Chiropractic Clinic were at the Walk giving massages and collecting blood donations. A mobile clinic from the Prince Mshiyeni Hospital gave medical attention those who needed help.
Health and fitness were the order of the day as even the elderly joined the aerobics classes to exercise their bodies. Faith Ngidi, a community member who was taking part in the activities said that she was happy to see such initiatives happen in a black township.
“We don’t usually have such things around here so I am so happy that we had Isolempilo and the CANSA foundation to come and teach us about cancer and the importance of checking regularly,” said Ngidi.