Recog­nises Lucky’s breast can­cer aware­ness ef­fort

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - BY THEMBEKA DLAMINI

Breast Can­cer month ends in two days; how­ever, a young man has en­sured that tri­umphs a young woman had over the dis­ease re­main en­trenched in reader’s hearts for the long­est time.

Lucky Mathonsi’s doc­u­men­ta­tion of Hlengiwe Kunene’s jour­ney as she fought breast can­cer has been given a new lease on life what with Iny­atsi Con­struc­tion’s spon­sor­ship of E10 000 which will en­able print­ing of mul­ti­ple copies.

Hav­ing faced fi­nan­cial con­straints in hav­ing many copies of the book, “The Life Jour­ney of a young breast can­cer sur­vivor” printed and cir­cu­lated, Mathonsi re­vealed that his work was val­i­dated by the spon­sor­ship af­ter tak­ing time to au­thor the jour­ney of the young woman who, against all odds, sur­vived more than two years in­stead of the pre­dicted six which doc­tors had given her.

“When we achieve, we usu­ally do so be­cause oth­ers have helped,” Mathonsi said, adding that he was grate­ful for the spon­sor­ship which will see aware­ness of breast can­cer as told by a sur­vivor, spread through­out the coun­try.

“You would all be sur­prised to learn that there’s ac­tu­ally proof that one of the best things we can do to im­prove peo­ple’s lives is by pro­vid­ing rel­e­vant op­por­tu­ni­ties and as­sis­tance,” he said dur­ing the han­dover meet­ing where the cheque was given to him.

Sup­port­ing

“Let me start by thank­ing Iny­atsi Con­struc­tion for all the work that you are do­ing to im­prove the lives of our com­mu­ni­ties. I have seen Iny­atsi Con­struc­tion em­pow­er­ing young peo­ple through school vis­i­ta­tions and also sup­port­ing our com­mu­ni­ties by be­ing part and spon­sor­ing dif­fer­ent ini­tia­tives such as sport­ing events,” he said adding, “This book is about a life jour­ney of Hlengiwe Kunene the youngest per­son to be di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer in Swazi­land.”

He said the wor­thy spon­sor­ship would go a long way in ful­fill­ing the dream Hlengiwe Kunene had, which is cre­at­ing as much aware­ness about breast can­cer through her life story.

“I am proud to make ev­ery­one aware that the pro­ceeds from this book will help other peo­ple who are cur­rently bat­tling breast can­cer and also as­sist Hlengiwe Kunene’s fam­ily to cover the gap of their loss,” he said.

Iny­atsi Manag­ing Direc­tor Der­rick Shiba con­grat­u­lated Mathonsi for the great work done in writ­ing the book.

“It takes courage and brav­ery to em­bark on a jour­ney to­wards achiev­ing goals and dreams.

It is very in­spir­ing even to us as in­di­vid­u­als when we wit­ness young minds tak­ing over in the mar­ket and shak­ing the world through the skills they pos­sess,” he said adding how the com­pany be­lieved in sup­port­ing and giv­ing back to the com­mu­ni­ties they work for.

“We trust and hope that through this spon­sor­ship a lot of peo­ple will ben­e­fit. Through the real life story of Hlengiwe Kunene we are cer­tain that this book will be an in­stru­ment in cre­at­ing aware­ness about dan­gers and re­al­i­ties of breast can­cer,” he said.

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