Taal-Net Group of Schools, including the Meadowdale campus, in collaboration with Kempton Park Primary School, took to the streets of Kempton Park recently joining the world in the crusade of raising awareness about breast cancer.
Dressed in pink T-shirts with pink ribbons pinned to their chests in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month the teachers and learners painted the town pink.
Taal-Net’s group CEO Justin Magidi and the education director Jonas Mutengwa joined 14 teachers and 275 learners in the march which drew much attention from hooting motorists and waving pedestrians, shoppers and shop owners.
Leading the march and shedding light on breast cancer symptoms, treatments and support groups, was Sikhanyisiwe Maphosa, principal of Kempton Park Primary School.
The inaugural march saw learners and teachers holding up placards with useful information about breast cancer and its effects on them.
“We understand that we waited until the last day to march, however, it is important to highlight that every day of October is equally important in raising awareness,” said Aaron Chandiwana, the head of marketing at Taal-Net.
“Emphasising the importance of breast cancer awareness and the need for continued research into the subject should constantly be top of mind.
“Sikhanyisiwe tirelessly spoke of the effects of breast cancer and felt the need to make the local community very aware about this subject.
“She spoke of the need for all women to be proactive and take necessary measures to ensure early detection including but not limited to checking their breasts for lumps regularly.”
Both men and women took part in the march.
It was also highlighted that research indicates that men can also be affected by breast cancer, though the cases were isolated.
This apparently left a lot of men surprised.
“Our main objective was to reach out to as many people as we could to make them aware of the illness,” said Aaron.
“All the participants in the campaign were encouraged to share the awareness message with friends and family to help spread the word.”
The EMPD joined the schools on their march, ensuring security and order during their campaign.
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