Ride for pink

SHARE   |   Monday, 15 May 2017   |   By Ontametse Sugar
Ride for pink

ChainRing has launched a 1000km ride dubbed ‘Ride for Pink’ that they will embark on from May 21st to 27th in support of the Cancer Association Botswana (CAB). The event’s spokesperson Thabo Okie said they are very excited about their annual event which is now on its second year. He said society needs to pull together towards a common goal of raising awareness on cancer. “It is our collective responsibility to continuously look into how best we can be active players in the fight against cancer bearing in mind that the more effort we put in raising awareness on the disease, the more informed our people will be of it and how best they can address it,” he said. Okie said they advocate for early detection because if cured early, many lives could be saved. This, he said, is the premise that ChainRing adopted to make it their individual and team effort to not just sit, wonder and watch but to be involved and make a difference in society. The Ride for Pink will start on May 21st in Kasane and finish on May 27th in Gaborone. He said they look towards traversing Botswana, passing through Francistown to reach Gaborone. Last year they started the ride in Maun. He said last year was extremely challenging yet fun and rewarding for them because they managed to raise P10 000 which they handed over to CAB. This year their objective is to purchase a vehicle for CAB. According to Okie, their main aim is to make a difference and make sure that they have people come to test, including encouraging men to do so as well. He thanked all their sponsors for coming on board which will boost them. CAB Board Trustee Thebe Baile expressed his excitement about the ChainRingers choosing CAB for the second time in a row because there is so much awareness that needs to be done about cancer. “This is a bonus to us because the challenge that Botswana has is being able to catch cancer in its early stages. As far as it stands now it is caught at later stages and that makes treatment difficult with the body not being able to handle it,” he said. He advised Botswana to test for different types of cancers so that they can receive the medication that can help them recover at an earlier stage. He said they continue to ask companies and individuals to support them because they are a non-governmental organisation. He thanked the riders for choosing to ride the gruelling 1000km for a good course. The team revealed that before they start the ride on May 20th they will have activations in Kasane where they will also be conducting cancer tests.