Breast Cancer Awareness

9 October 2015

As part of its effort to participate in, and contribute positively to, the greater community, Edgars Stores often joins events such as sponsored walks to raise money for various causes. In the month of October Edgars actively participated in the Breast Cancer Awareness month. All stores were raising funds to donate to the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe and these were collected from customers who were requested for a minimum donation of 5rand. 2,000 pink ribbons and 5,000 informational pamphlets were distributed throughout our branches Nationwide.
Edgars also participated in the Breast Cancer Walk which was held on the 25th of October 2014 in Bulawayo. This was hosted by the four Rotaract Clubs in Bulawayo: NUST, Matopos, Bulawayo and Belmont who spearheaded the campaign, in conjunction with Cancer Association Bulawayo Charter and Edgars Stores. The walk was from TM Hyper in town to Mabukweni Nature Reserve in Burnside.
The aim of the walk was to fundraise Sithenjisiwe Kasambara’s medication, who is a cancer patient. She is currently undergoing stage three of chemotherapy. Furthermore, participants in the walk aimed to raise awareness regarding breast cancer, which is one of the leading causes of death in women. According to Financial Gazette statistics, 80% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have the disease detected in its early stages. This emphasises the campaign’s slogan: “early detection saves lives”.
At least one hundred and twenty people walked to Mabukweni, and Edgars stores sponsored $300 towards Sithenjisiwe’s medication. Fazak sponsored two hundred bottles of water for the walk and St John’s supplied two ambulances. Over ten organisations came to support the campaign (with participants being predominantly youth) including Family Impact, Bon Marche, Masiye Interact Club, BES Interact Club, Figure it Out, Miss Environment team, Miss Earth Fire, Mr and Miss Professional and members from Sithenjisiwe’s church, Brethren in Christ Church in Bulawayo.

The walk raised $433 and R349.50, and all funds were administered by the Cancer Association Bulawayo Charter. Edgars continues to strive to join hands with local organisations in order to form partnerships that positively impact lives in the local community. We hope the money raised will help Sithenjisiwe in her road to recovery.



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