As most of you know, every year I raise money for a particular cause with running the Comrades Marathon – last year you guys helped pay for some children to be able to attend school, the year before you helped raise money for Reach For Recovery – an organisation dedicated to helping women suffering from breast cancer.
This year I will be running in pink socks with a pink wrist band and pink shoelaces for the Pink Drive. This organisation raises funds to finance mobile mammogram and breast cancer educational units which visit the rural areas, bringing these services to women who would otherwise not be able to afford it, or who haven’t realised the seriousness of this disease yet.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for many South African women even though the treatment is so incredibly effective. Mis-diagnosis, late diagnosis and lack of education are to blame for this which is why a mobile mammogram and educational unit is so important.
Reebok is donating money to the Pink Drive for every runner they see coming into the Kingsmead Stadium wearing pink gear. You can donate by SMS’ing ‘breast’ to 36560, this will send 50c to the Pink Drive. If you are feeling generous then head to the Pink Drive tab on my site for their banking details. If you would like to run for this cause please let me know and I’ll put you in touch with the organisers.
There are some fun things for spectators too, if you are going to be in the Newcastle, Pietermaritzburg or Durban areas supporting your runners then you can also play a part in this drive for awareness, details are here or you can just email me and I’ll put you in touch with the relevant people.
Early detection saves lives so lets band together and all play a part in helping save lives!!