BRAVE THE BREAST CHAL­LENGE NOT DAMP­ENED BY DRIZ­ZLE

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - BY ZWELETHU DLAMINI

Out of the nearly a thou­sand coura­geous chil­dren, men and women who at­tended the Brave the Breast Chal­lenge, only a frac­tion chose to at­tempt the treach­er­ous Sheba’s Breast Moun­tain side route and blamed their re­luc­tance on bad weather which cre­ated slip­pery con­di­tions.

With t he start­ing point be­ing Wood­lands restau­rant at Ezul­wini to the Man­tenga Wa­ter­falls and back to the start­ing point, brave ones joined by the sur­vivors had two routes to com­plete the nearly 15 kilo­me­tres walk. One route was to use the trails through the pic­turesque Sheba’s Breast which were shunned by many who chose the road.

Though the walk be­gan at a few min­utes af­ter 6 am, by 8am, some, es­pe­cially those who had used the road route had com­pleted the chal­lenge. Some of those found along the road blamed the light rains cit­ing that it would be risky for them to take the moun­tain route as it was slip­pery.

The par­tic­i­pants had the op­por­tu­nity to see the wildlife, water­fall and the cul­tural vil­lage, some were spot­ted ap­pre­ci­at­ing th­ese scenes while some took pic­tures at every turn to cap­ture the beauty of the place. Some com­pa­nies and or­gan­i­sa­tions had their em­ploy­ees in large num­bers in­cluded but not lim­ited toNed­bank, S wazil a nd Royal I nsurance Cor­po­ra­tion, Ezul­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, Swazi­land Build­ing So­ci­ety, and Swazi­land Rev­enue Author­ity with the lat­ter win­ning the largest group tro­phy while oth­ers were recog­nised for be­ing well-dressed.

Some plus sized ladies said the walk was their way of slim­ming as they call it “isih­lase­laa­ma­futha” mean­ing fight­ing fat which is a slo­gan for one of the slim­ming prod­ucts.

Tough

“It is tough but we are get­ting in shape, we are at­tack­ing fats,” they said.

There were those who were brave enough to take the moun­tain route they said it was tough while oth­ers sar­cas­ti­cally said the or­gan­is­ers of the event should ex­tend the distance to the scare of some who were ex­hausted.

Af­ter the walk the par­tic­i­pants had meals and also par­tic­i­pated in some stretch­ing ex­er­cises in the form of aer­o­bics per­for­mance.

Some of the prizes in­cluded the first male and fe­male back, the first child, big­gest team and well dressed.

Speak­ing on be­half of theSwazi­land Breast and Cer­vi­cal Can­cer Net­work (SCCN)Nol­wazi Dlamini thanked all the spon­sors and the peo­ple who at­tended the event. She stated that breast Can­cer is treat­able with early de­tec­tion and en­cour­aged peo­ple to visit the clinic for an ex­am­i­na­tion. She also re­vealed that over 40 per cent breast can­cers are found in women and said all peo­ple must check. She also stated that prostate can­cer is the lead­ing can­cer of Swazi men and can be treated if de­tected early.

(Cour­tesy pics)

Iny­atsi MD Der­rick Shiba hand­ing over the cheque to Lucky Mathonsi at Iny­atsi House.

Some of the par­tic­i­pants of the Brave the Breast Chal­lenge who chose the road route en­joy­ing the jour­ney's first steps.

Lucky Mathonsi hand­ing Hlengiwe's mother. over a copy of the book to

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