04 Feb 2014 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 04 FEB (NAMPA) A local cancer survivor and ardent sports lover, Quinton-Steele Botes (QSB) on Tuesday launched the 2014 QSB Cancer Fund Bowls Day here.
World Cancer Day was celebrated under the theme Reduce stigma and dispel myths of cancer.
Speaking during the launch, Botes said the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the fight against cancer will cost the WHO around U$ 485 billion by the year 2030.
Fifty percent of all cancers are caused due to bad lifestyle habits, and around 25 per cent are caused by smoking and unhealthy food, lack of exercise, sleep disorders, while stress also play a role, he said.
Botes aims to raise at least N.dollars 200 000 every year through four main sporting events like bowls, golf, cycling and dragon boat races to assist cancer patients with no medical aid to help bear the costs.
For the past six years, the QSB Fund helped more than 50 patients for treatments valued at more than N.dollars 500 000, he said.
The latest beneficiary was a four-year-old boy from Walvis Bay, who received medical attention at a medical facility in South Africa, he told reporters.
Old Mutual Namibia, along with Elna Esterhuizen Properties, are sponsoring the 2014 QSB Cancer Fund Bowling Day.
Fourteen teams consisting of four players each will play against each other on 21 February in an effort to raise funds to fight cancer.
The entry fee is N.dollars 2 500 per team, and these monies will go to the QSB Cancer Fund.