Pancake day in Swakopmund to raise funds for cancer research

30 May 2016 14:00pm
SWAKOPMUND, 30 MAY (NAMPA) – The Swakopmund Municipality and a local radio station on Friday held a pancake day to generate funds for the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN).
The annual initiative is usually held on World Cancer Day (04 February) or any day suitable to the organising team. It is aimed at collecting money for the CAN to finance cancer research projects.
In addition to N.dollars 5 250 collected and donated to the association last year, N.dollars 2 300 was collected on Friday and Saturday.
The team made 460 pancakes over the two days.
By Saturday morning before the event started in front of the municipality building, 250 paid orders had already been placed.
Asked why they raised money for CAN, the Swakopmund Municipality's communications officer, Aili Gebhardt said: “Cancer affects everyone and there is still no cure for it”, hence their decision to help fund research into the disease.
She used the opportunity to thank everyone who contributed, saying the little they give will make a big difference.
Statistics from the CAN indicate that more than 3 000 Namibians were diagnosed with cancer between 2013 and 2014.
It also shows that cancer cases have been on the rise since 2006, with a total of 1 625 cases detected than compared to 3 092 recorded in 2012.
In 2012, 458 cases of breast cancer were recorded – double the 229 recorded in 2006.
CAN on World Cancer Day this year launched the first Namibian cancer awareness and education manual.
The 32-page manual was developed to speak to Namibians in their mother tongue, amongst others to help them understand what cancer is and how to prevent it.
The manual is available in local languages including Afrikaans, Oshiwambo, Damara, Nama and Otjiherero.