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Support the fight against childhood cancer

Support the fight against childhood cancer

Cancer in children has become a serious concern in Namibia, hence the move by the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) and project partners to launch the “2017 Go 4 Gold in September” campaign, all in support of Namibian children fighting cancer.

CAN CEO, Rolf Hansen, said they aim to sustain the Children Fighting Cancer in Namibia (CHICA) Fund and the CHICA Interim Home for childhood cancer patients and their families.

Their main objective is to raise funds for the renovations and upgrades that CAN is planning for the Pediatric Oncology Wing to assist the Ministry of Health and Social Services in fighting childhood cancers.

This project is estimated at over N$150,000 alone, in addition to funding the CHICA Fund and CHICA Interim Home, therefore only when we stand together as a united Namibia can we impact lives and support for brave young Namibians fighting cancer,” he added.

Therefore CAN and its project partners call on every Namibian to support the “Shake-a-Can-4-Cancer” and “Tekkie Day” on 15 September, where a donation of N$20 will get you a bright sticker to wear with your work or school uniforms.

While you put on tekkies on this day and show your classmates and colleagues that you support children fighting cancer,” added Hansen.

Meanwhile, on 16 September the association will host the “2017 National Cancer Walk”, which will commence at 7:30 at several towns throughout the country to support the theme “Walk cancer out of Namibia!”

The tickets for the cancer walk are N$75 per person and all participants will receive an eco-friendly recycled wood gift that can be used as both a medallion or key ring.

In 2015 CAN registered 133 new childhood cancer cases in comparison to an average of 71 cases per annum between 2010-2014. This while for 2016 there are already 81 case files on the Namibian National Cancer Registry and more pending case files being entered to date. Leukaemia and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma are the most prevalent forms of cancer in Namibian childhood cancer cases.

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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and she believes education is the greatest equalizer. She received her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in June 2021. . She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.