Athletics clubs in the Eastern Cape are in a race to see which one can sign up the most entries for the Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer brought to you by the Eastern Cape Department of Health.
The club with the most entries will be able to nominate a sports-related cause or individual who will receive support through proceeds raised by the Big Walk, that will take to the streets this Saturday, October 31.
Funding is being raised for sport promotion through a partnership with the Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation and Arts and Culture, which is supporting the Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer for the second consecutive year.
The department’s main aim will be to encourage participants in and around the Eastern Cape to exercise daily and to maintain a healthy life style.
“The Eastern Cape, like the rest of South Africa, is facing a lot of health-related challenges such as cardiac diseases; diabetes; cancer and respiratory ailments … the result of an increasingly sedentary lifestyle that leads to obesity,” says Fezeka Nkomonye, the MEC for the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.
The annual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer is one of the highlights of the department’s #IChooseToBeActive campaign to encourage the people of the Eastern Cape to live a more active lifestyle, she adds.
“The Big Walk helps raise the awareness of the importance of having a regular workout routine. This helps individuals, both young and old, keep to keep fit physically and mentally,” says Algoa FM Marketing Manager Lesley Geyer
“It is important for participants of the Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer to see this walk as a stepping stone to doing more than just one 5km walk each year. They can make it a daily or weekly occasion … and they are welcome to wear their pink T-shirts every time they are out walking,” she says.
The delivery of T-shirts via courier is ongoing until Friday.
For more information on how to participate, please visit the Algoa FM website, www.algoafm.co.za.