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
Algoa FM presenter Mio Khondleka (pictured) after collecting his pink T-shirt for the Virtual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer 2021, which takes place on Saturday, October 30.
Entrants living in Gqeberha and Kariega will be able to collect their free T-shirts and merchandise at a drive-through service situated at the Williams Hunt Isuzu Dealership in the Moffett Retail Park, off William Moffett Expressway, from Wednesday, September 15.
Entrants will be notified by e-mail of their collection date for their parcel, which will be between 12 noon and six in the evening on Wednesdays and Fridays leading up to the Big Walk, according to Algoa FM marketing manager Lesley Geyer.