The Lowvelder

Ballsy Pumas players to run to raise awareness of prostrate and testicular cancer

- Tumelo Waga Dibakwane

MBOMBELA - Cancer affects many, and as part of their drive to support awareness of specifical­ly testicular and prostate cancer, the Airlink Pumas will once again take part in Hollard’s Daredevil Run later this month.

The current Currie Cup champions participat­ed in a photoshoot at Eagle's View Play Park to create awareness of the event that will take place on September 30.

The provincial co-ordinator of the event, Ista van Zyl, said testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in 20-to-35-year-old men and one of the most treatable cancer types. Early diagnoses have a 95% survival rate.

“What started 13 years ago with a few brave souls running through peak-hour traffic in Speedos to raise awareness about cancer, has since become a nationwide phenomenon. This annual event now features men and boys dressed in only purple Speedos, running through the streets all over the country during rush hour.

"The event has not only raised many an eyebrow over the past 13 years, but has also played an enormous role in raising awareness about testicular and prostate cancers,” she said, adding that the act of stripping down to the barest minimum is challengin­g for runners, as it addresses stereotypi­ng male cancer.

In Mbombela, they will do it differentl­y. Instead of running in the streets, they will do a trial run. All funds raised during this national event will go to CANSA and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of South Africa. Everyone is invited to join the run.

Joanna Mondon of Hollard said by raising awareness about testicular and prostate cancer, “We can never do enough to ensure that every

South African male over 40 fully understand­s what prostate cancer screening entails. These events are critical, as they generate massive educationa­l opportunit­ies on a national level to educate men and boys about prostate and testicular cancer.”

She said men are hesitant to go for regular check-ups and scheduled visits with a healthcare practition­er. “The Hollard Daredevil Run enables CANSA to raise awareness and provide informatio­n and screening services for male cancers, and therefore is also empowering CANSA to save the lives of the men in our communitie­s who would otherwise not take advantage of the opportunit­y.”

 ?? ?? Airlink Pumas players running for male cancer awareness compaign.
Airlink Pumas players running for male cancer awareness compaign.

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