Rooibos Ltd and CANSA host a community day

Rooibos Ltd and CANSA host a community day to create awareness of cancer

Rooibos Ltd and CANSA host successful community day to create awareness of cancer

To celebrate the 30th Freshpak Fitness Festival and acknowledge Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, Rooibos Ltd joined forces with the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) to host a Cancer Awareness Community Day on 14 September 2016. The event took place in Clanwilliam's Community Hall and was open to everyone. Rooibos Ltd saw this community event as part of the Freshpak Fitness Festival initiative to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Various health services were offered to the community on Cancer Awareness Community Day. These services included free mole screenings with CANSA's FotoFinder dermascope, cancer "lifestyle risk" analyses, Smokerliser tests for smokers (to determine the need for oxygen in the smokers' blood), and a Shavathon for people to colour their hair with washable dye to show their solidarity with cancer patients who have lost their hair as a result of chemotherapy. In addition, Rooibos Ltd's sponsorship also helped to pay for cancer screening tests such as Pap smears for cervical cancer and PSA tests for prostate cancer.

Home carers from the Afrikaans Christian Women's Association and the Department of Health offered free blood pressure, HIV and eye tests, as well as weight and glucose screenings. The Sederkem Clinic in Clanwilliam also hosted a health stand. For kids, CANSA's friendly Toktokkie man provided entertainment and information about cancer and how to help prevent it.

Clanwilliam's Cancer Awareness Community Day achieved the following:

  • 330 people underwent blood pressure, blood glucose, tuberculosis, ophthalmological and HIV tests.
  • Four HIV-positive people were identified and they received counselling.
  • 36 women underwent Pap smear tests (Pathcare services sponsored by Rooibos Ltd) and 47 breast examinations were done, with three people referred for further tests.
  • 28 FotoFinder tests were done to detect moles, with five people referred for further tests (sponsored by CANSA).
  • 17 PSA blood tests were carried out to detect prostate cancer (Pathcare services sponsored by Rooibos Ltd).
  • Seven Smokelizer screening tests were done to detect oxygen levels in smokers' blood in order to sensitise people about the health dangers of smoking (sponsored by CANSA).
  • Three lifestyle risk analyses were carried out to make people aware of their cancer risks as 90% of cancers are caused by environmental factors and unhealthy lifestyle choices such as smoking (sponsored by CANSA).

All attendees were treated to muffins, provided by the Department of Health, and iced Rooibos tea, provided by Rooibos Ltd. All those who underwent screening tests also received a hamper of fruit and yoghurt from the Department of Health. A table with good-quality second-hand clothes was set up for those needing an item of clothing.

Says Gerda de Wet, Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd: "Working with Rooibos, which is known for its anti-cancer properties, Rooibos Ltd is acutely aware of the need to fight cancer with a healthy lifestyle. That is why Rooibos Ltd supports initiatives such as the Cancer Awareness Community Day."






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