SPORT STUDENTS DONATE TO CANCER ORGANISATION
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
The fifteen Durban University of Technology (DUT) Sport Management students organised a fund raising netball tournament to support Pink Drive’s initiative on Friday.
Pink Drive is a breast cancer Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) empowering South Africa’s women to test for cancer.
Currently the organisation is based in Gauteng and the Western Cape but they operate around South Africa. Their aim is to enable various disadvantaged communities access to education, physical examinations and teaching how to do breast self-examination.
One of the Students, Naziswa Breakfast, revealed that the idea came through a third year colleague since they have to organise a tournament as part of their assignment.
“We told her (third year student) that our theme is pink and black. She suggested that we should approve a cancer organisation,” she said.
She added that they first interacted with the organisation at the Comrades Marathon Expo, and they were touched since the organisation is concerned about women.
“We chose the organisation because our theme is about empowering women in sport and we thought they are relevant since its women’s month,” Breakfast said.
The Topeedoz group, as they are known to their colleagues also sold a pink cake, with the proceeds donated to the organisation.
Janice Benecke, administration clerk of the organisation, said that they are a non-profit organisation and they make money through events like Topeedoz netball tournament.
“We get money from various events to keep mammogram machines and trucks on the road,” she said.
She mentioned that the costs of running the organisation is about R12 million a truck.
They have provided over 5 000 free mammograms, done over 60 000 clinical breast examinations in community areas, educated over 90 000, and distributed over 100 000 educational materials.
The organisation is not only focusing on breast cancer but they accommodate most cancers.
The group was sponsored by Spar (Glenwood and Point), DUT Student Representative Council, Eskom and Aquille.
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sports and Recreation, Natesa and Old Mutual also contributed to the success of the event.