TaalNet joins the world in breast cancer awareness campaign
By Aaron Chandiwana
October may have come and gone, but this week the Taalnet Group of Schools family took to the streets of Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni on a march to raise breast cancer awareness.
The Taalnet Group of Schools said cancer awareness could not be confined to one month of the yeal alone, but it was equally important to highlight the scourge of breast cancer,whether at the tail-end of October, or indeed into November, and also throughout the year.
Breast cancer awareness campaign is a worldwide annual crusade involving a multitude of people and organisations, and it seeks to emphase not only awareness, but also the need for continuous research into the subject.
Taalnet embarked on this journey this year, and is looking to make it an annual march, with a pride of place on the schools routines. The campaign was led by Mrs Maphosa the Principal for Kempton Park Primary School.
Being a woman and taking a lead in this push, she was very conscious about the effects of breast cancer, and felt the need to make the local community aware about this initiative.
Mrs Maphosa articulated the need for all women to be proactive, and take measures necessary for early detection, including but not limited to checking their breasts every now and then.
Both men and women took part in the march, which brought traffic to a standstill and crowds of curious onlookers. The march also highlighted that research indicates that some men were also victims of breast cancer, even tough such cases were isolated.
Other stakeholders who joined hands with Taalnet included the EMPD (Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department) for ensuring security order during the march.
The paramedic team were also there to give emergency medical care to people who could have health challenges with the aim of stabilizing them before they are taken to hospital.
Support from the top
The Group CEO Mr Justin Magidi was part of the team together with Mr Jonas Mutengwa the schools Education Director. This indicated that the schools leadership supported the breast cancer awareness campaign by going out of their busy schedules.
Some 14 educators and 275 learners took part in the march.
The public went to an extent of requesting if the treatment for cancer could be done for free. The learners were wearing pink colours which represents caring, compassion and love.
The march started from Kempton High School going into Kempton Park town via Central Avenue into Pretorius, CR Swart and back to the Taalnet High school.
The main aim was to reach out to as many people as we could to make them aware of breast cancer. All the participants in the campaign were encouraged to share the awareness message with friends and family to help spread the word.
Many thanks to then and we hope to partner with them again in the next coming years.
About TaalNet Group of Schools:
Taalnet is a cluster of fully registered, licenced Cambridge & CAPS schools from Preschools, Primary schools to High schools in South Africa and Zimbabwe. It’s FET colleges offer courses in Engineering (N1-N6), Business (N4-N6), IT and Matric Rewrite on fulltime, part time and distance learning basis. Boarding facilities are available for all levels of learning.
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