Zim­pa­pers con­tin­ues to fill ac­co­lades bag

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Sun­day Mail Re­porter

THE coun­try’s big­gest me­dia com­pany, Zim­babwe News­pa­pers, has been recog­nised for its can­cer ad­vo­cacy work and named the Me­gafest Best So­cially Re­spon­si­ble Or­gan­i­sa­tion 2018.

The award comes at the back of the com­pany’s an­nual Can­cer Power Walk which early this month spread from the tra­di­tional Harare to Bu­l­awayo and Mutare. Although the cam­paign is largely an ad­vo­cacy plat­form whose ma­jor ob­jec­tive is to raise aware­ness, it also seeks to raise funds for can­cer pro­grammes run by Is­land Hos­pice and Health­care.

ls­land Hos­pice and Health­care is Zim­pa­pers’ tech­ni­cal part­ner in its can­cer ini­tia­tive.

Last year, the me­dia group do­nated over $10 000 to Is­land Hos­pice af­ter the walk.

This year, more than 2 000 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in the can­cer cam­paign, which in­cluded a 5km walk and an hour of Zumba. The event was also char­ac­terised by vol­un­tary blood pres­sure and di­a­betes checks as well as breast can­cer screen­ing.

In ac­cept­ing the award, Zim­pa­pers group pub­lic re­la­tions and cor­po­rate af­fairs man­ager, Ms Beatrice Ton­hodzayi said the me­dia com­pany ded­i­cates the award to Zim­bab­weans.

“All the men, women and chil­dren who joined us from across the three cities to walk for the can­cer cause are the real win­ners.

“All those who walked in mem­ory of their loved ones who passed on as a re­sult of can­cer, the cor­po­rate part­ners who spon­sored us as well as the in­di­vid­u­als who do­nated and are cham­pi­oning th­ese is­sues in the com­mu­nity are win­ners.

“This award is ded­i­cated to the peo­ple who have can­cer and are liv­ing through its re­al­i­ties.

“It is for those who are go­ing for screen­ing early and reg­u­larly and all those who are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in some way.

“It is for the ser­vice providers who are work­ing with can­cer pa­tients as well as can­cer sur­vivors.

“This cause is ours to­gether, for we are all af­fected in one way or an­other,” she said.

Can­cer is now the num­ber one killer in Zim­babwe.

Ac­cord­ing to the Can­cer Registry, the most fa­tal of the can­cers in­clude cer­vi­cal and breast can­cer, fol­lowed by Ka­posi sar­coma and prostate can­cer.

Ms Ton­hodzayi ap­plauded Me­gafest for rec­og­niz­ing Zim­pa­pers’ ef­forts in rais­ing can­cer aware­ness, adding that the Group will con­tinue to play its part in rais­ing aware­ness on the need for peo­ple to adopt health­ier life­styles.

She said the Group has adopted can­cer as an area of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity since 2016 to con­trib­ute to the health and well­be­ing of com­mu­ni­ties in which it op­er­ates.

Spon­sors of this year’s Can­cer Power Walk in­cluded Homelink Fi­nance, FBC Bank, Me­gafest Hold­ings, Ci­mas, Medirite Health­care, Beta Hold­ings, First Mu­tual Health, Cor­po­rate24 Hospi­tal Group, Tan­gan­daTea-Tingamira, Man­i­ca­land Mo­tor­ing club,Ngoda Gran­ites and Zim­babwe Na­tional Fam­ily Plan­ning Coun­cil.

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