Approximately seven thousand supporters took to the streets in towns and cities across South Africa for the second Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer.
This is a 20% growth compared to the first Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer in 2020, according to Algoa FM marketing manager Lesley Geyer.
The Eastern Cape’s biggest mass participation charity event went virtual in 2020 to comply with Covid-19 protocols – which has expanded the reach of the walk beyond the traditional Gqeberha beach-front.
Nearly 50 running and walking clubs from as far afield as Cape Town, Gqeberha and Rustenburg as well as over 300 business teams accepted the challenge to turn the streets of their towns pink as they walked in celebration of those affected by cancer, says Geyer.
About 100 schools from all the major centres and smaller towns also participated.
“We thank you for being part of our journey,” says Hedley Lewis, chief executive officer of the Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa, the 2021 Big Walk beneficiaries.
“To all those who participated, in an effort to make a difference, we say there is hope – let it go on to change the lives of those who are in need. You have helped keep hope alive,” he adds.
Funds raised through the 2021 Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer will go towards the purchase of a transporter for CHOC East London.
It will be used for ferrying patients and their carers staying in the CHOC house to and from the treatment centres
“Being selected as the beneficiary of this year’s Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer has been a dream come true for CHOC Eastern Cape,” says CHOC Eastern Cape regional manager Debbie Kleinenberg.
“The incredible media coverage has afforded CHOC the opportunity to not only create awareness of our organisation but has also enabled us to share the early warning signs of childhood cancer which will ensure early diagnosis and a better survival rate amongst children and teens with cancer.
“Thank you to each and every participant to this event. Each of you walked for your own personal reason and at the same time ensured that CHOC is able to support children and teens with cancer, as well as their families,” says Kleinenberg.
“At the end of the Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer supported by so many, everyone is a winner.
“Not because of how long they participated, but because they all walked to assist patients who are undergoing cancer treatment.
“You took to the streets with the thought that you are holding someone’s hand and every step would truly change a child’s life,” says Lewis.
Supporters can continue to donate to CHOC through algoafm.co.za until November 8.
South Africans will be turning out in their thousands in support of those affected by cancer by participating in the Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer 2021.
The annual Algoa FM Big Walk is one of South Africa’s biggest charity events. This year it takes place on October 30 – with participants picking the five kilometre route of their choice.
“It is an ideal family event as you can walk or run the five kilometres as fast or slow as you like, starting at eight in the morning,” says Algoa FM marketing manager Lesley Geyer.
Entries from around the country are heading for the 7 000 mark, and there is still time to register in order to help the CHOC to purchase a transporter for young cancer patients and their carers in Buffalo City and surrounds, she says.
Participants will be treated to a free show featuring a mix of South African and international acts, namely: Canadian pop duo Neon Dreams; internationally acclaimed South African country artist, Roan Ash; celebrated singer/songwriter Majozi; and Cape Town based New Hero, who have a string of number one hits to their name.
The show will be streamed through the Algoa FM website and Facebook pages from the “live studio” set up especially for the Big Walk.
There has been such support for the Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer 2021 that all of the free T-shirts and much of the merchandise on offer have been snapped up a fortnight in advance of the annual event, according to Algoa FM marketing manager Lesley Geyer.
“Thousands of people from all over South Africa will be walking their own five kilometre routes on Saturday, October 30, to help raise funds for the Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa (CHOC) and in support of those affected by cancer.
“CHOC East London will put the money raised towards purchasing a new transporter for the children and their carer who are accommodated for free at the CHOC house while the child is undergoing treatment.
“But, even if it is too late for a T-shirt, there are still exciting prizes to be drawn from the lists of people who enter over the next two weeks or so,” she says.
Algoa FM has teamed up with its clients to provide weekly prizes in the last sprint to the day of the event, as well as on the 30th.
There are also prizes to be drawn from the school, club and corporate entries.
Running and walking clubs from around South Africa are vying with each other to submit the biggest entry for the Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer 2021 five kilometre walk on Saturday, October 30.
“It is wonderful to see the enthusiasm with which clubs are taking on the Big Walk for Cancer challenge,” says Algoa FM marketing manager Lesley Geyer.
As a “thank you”, Algoa FM will be giving a Samsung Active 2 Smart Watch to one lucky club member.
“I would like to encourage all running clubs, far and wide, to enter this year’s Big Walk…. it’s a Walk that changes lives,” says Ella Ajayi, MTN manager regional marketing .
To qualify for the draw, simply state the name of your club on the online registration form.
Club members can either enter individually or as a group, which means that they can share the courier costs of the sought-after iconic pink Big Walk T-shirts and other merchandise, she says.
The annual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer is the biggest mass-participation charity event in the Eastern Cape.
This year the beneficiary is the Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa (CHOC).
More information is available on the Algoa FM website: www.algoafm.co.za