Helping raise awareness with Cancer.vive

25 February 2014

This year, R121 000 of the proceeds from the national SPAR Women’s Day badge campaign was donated to Cancer.vive, a nongovernmental organisation that raises awareness about the importance of detecting cancer early and offering hope to people with cancer.

SPAR’s national association with Cancer.vive and this organisation’s annual Cancer.vive rides, has its home with SPAR in the Western Cape.
They host an annual women’s day in Cape Town, where women are celebrated and through which they have raised awareness of cancer and its treatment. Over the six years this event has been hosted, more than R500 000 has been donated to charities associated with cancer awareness.
The SPAR Women's Days do more than pay lip service to the payoff line, "Because we take women seriously", said Elsabe van Zyl,advertising manager for SPAR Western Cape.
This year women from all walks of life – many of them survivors, or still fighting cancer – were motivated, inspired and entertained with beautiful décor, a sumptuous lunch and entertainment.
The uplifting morning began with image consultant Jane Shonfeld, who told guests what they need in their wardrobes.
Motivational speaker, Natasha Sutherland,wowed all with her powerful message, "A Quest for Muchness". Romanz, SA’s top vocal quartet, ended the event on a high note. On top of enjoying a fabulous morning’s entertainment, each woman was treated to two shopping bags full of products – all leaving with the feeling that they had been spoiled!

Background to Cancer.vive

Started in 2011, Cancer.vive is making a difference in South Africa with their cancer awareness programmes educating
communities in the vernacular that early detection and appropriate treatment can save lives. The main event is an annual 7-day motorcycle ride covering different parts of the country.
To date, Cancer.vive has educated over 50 000 people, face-to-face, about early detection. More than 85% of these people are from previously disadvantaged communities.
Millions of people have been reached through radio interviews, too.
Frieda Henning (a cancer survivor) who is the Operational manager for Cancer.vive, said; “We are extremely grateful to the Western Cape for the donation. It has helped us reach more people in rural areas, print more brochures and posters, assist more people diagnosed in rural areas through our Cancer Buddies project, and ultimately give more people hope on their journey.”