October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a time to acknowledge the courageous battles of those who have fought breast cancer, celebrate those who have survived and remember those who lost their battle. It is also a time to be diligent in self-examinations, schedule mammogram appointments and remind others to do the same.
October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month spotlights a disease that strikes more than 232,000 women a year, and as such the Cancer Association of Botswana (CAB) in association with Rail Park Mall continues to annually host a key event dubbed ‘Gaborone Annual Stiletto Walk’.
Now in its 12th year, the ‘Gaborone Annual Stiletto Walk’ slated for October, 27th 2018 at Rail Park Mall from 0630a.m till 1230p.m, is being hosted under the theme, “Big or Small, Save Them All”, and will see participants from all walks of life braving all odds and walking six kilometres on a pair of heels to raise funds for breast cancer awareness.
“Get your prettiest, funkiest shoes and strut your stuff to raise funds and most importantly, show your support to those affected, to address concerns; including lack of awareness and understanding and bridging the gap between medical, psychosocial services for communities in remote areas. The International Breast Cancer Awareness Month creates a platform to enhance breast screening and further highlights the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, notwithstanding support for all affected. Cancer is not an individual problem but a community one,” said Rumbi Mudimu, a volunteer at Cancer Association of Botswana (CAB) this week.
Furthermore, Mudimu said, “Most people in Botswana think October is cancer month and pink is the colour for cancer, and everyone will want to know more about the cancer in the month of October. Breast Cancer is the third most common cancer in Botswana and second among women and about 17% of women in this country are likely to develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetime.”
CAB noted that the earlier breast cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better chances of success. This year’s Annual Stiletto Walk will be held at Rail Park Mall in Gaborone for the
12th year running and participants will walk approximately 6km, to and fro Rail Park Mall scheduled to start at 0630hrs.
Rail Park Mall Centre Manager, Bonyana Masu said that registration is ongoing at CAB main offices (Plot 5348 Ditlhakore Way, Ext 12: Gaborone) and Rail Park Mall for P150 for individuals, P50 for children and P1, 500 for a corporate team of 5. Furthermore, the organisers encouraged Batswana and citizens to register a team of group of six (6) and stand a chance to win a one day’s trip to Hartbeespoort popularly known as Haarties
“As Rail Park Mall, we would like to be associated with events of this magnitude as we become stakeholders in the dissemination of breast cancer information. There is a lot that needs to be done, a lot of people are still left behind when it comes to cancer issues and our wish is to see this gap closed as the event grows bigger and better each year. People should expect lots of fitness activities, giveaways and breast cancer screening. Early detection is key to surviving breast cancer,” said Masu.
Rail Park Mall Marketing Officer, Keletso Sebogodi said the reason behind them hosting CAB is to help them spread the message behind the walk that is planned to sensitise the public on breast cancer and issues surrounding it.
“We believe our mall is centralized, accessible and also has an added advantage of the masses than any other mall and CAB could take advantage of this platform through their stiletto walk event. It is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) where we do not only focus on our core business but to also avail our services towards helping those in need, in kind or otherwise,” said Sebogodi adding that the marriage between them and CAB was inspired by the mere fact that participants walk for a cause. She noted that those wishing to participate can also deposit money into the below bank account:
FNBB Account Name: Cancer Association of Botswana
Account number: 62051576919
Branch Code: 281467
Branch Name: Main Branch
The Annual Stiletto Walk is powered by Rail Park Mall, Cell City, Options, Emergency Assist, Mr. Veg, Indaba Lodge, Sunday Standard, Duma FM, Botswana Unplugged and WindRush Communications.