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Blisters for sisters

Blisters for sisters

Blisters for sisters
PANGOLIN SAFARIS

BY BETTINA KELLY & LEANNE BRITTON

Kasane had never seen this before: 12 pink motorbikes with 12 ladies dressed in pink, 4 pink vehicles and 240 walkers, most of them wearing a T-shirt with the pink Journey of Hope logo, sponsored by CB Stores.

The sponsored walk ‘Blisters for Sisters‘ started at the Biodiversity Centre from where, accompanied by traffic police, it proceeded via President Avenue and ended at Coffee Buzz/ Kalahari Tours.

Early detection of breast cancer means a good chance of survival and event organisers Leanne Britton and Bettina Kelly are hoping to make this an annual awareness and fundraising event. Journey of Hope is a registered charity bringing breast cancer awareness to communities in Botswana and assisting breast cancer patients who lack medical or financial resources to obtain treatment.

The Journey of Hope 2013 team left Kasane on their bright pink motorbikes on 31 August and ended in Gaborone on 6 September with stop-overs in Pandamatenga, Nata, Francistown, Tonota, Serule, Sefophe, Selibe Phikwe and Palapye, creating excitement and awareness in all the villages in-between.

When visiting a city, town or village the team pre-arranged a visit to the kgotla; a central meeting place and/or medical facility. With practice and experience they were able to maximize the opportunities to meet people, disseminate information and draw attention to breast cancer.

These visits can literally save lives, through education and teaching self-examination techniques, breaking down the stigma attached to breast health.

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