BRAVE THE BREAST CHALLENGE NOT DAMPENED BY DRIZZLE
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.
“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.
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