Once again we will be climbing on Honda motorcycles and from the 6 October – 14 October, our group of 16 breast cancer survivors from all walks of life will embark on reaching rural communities in order to create awareness and to educate communities about the importance of the early detection of breast cancer. Riding on Honda motorcycles we will ride from Pretoria to Bethlehem, visiting the Eastern Free State areas of Fouriesburg, Ficksburg, Lesotho, Clarens and riding through KZN through Dundee and Glencoe and heading towards Eshowe and Stanger and then end off in Dbn Central at Ushaka Marine World.
On route the team of ladies and one gentleman’s task is to raise awareness and educate communities about breast cancer and continue along a personal path of growth and healing by building a supportive community with other people throughout the country.
This year Shoprite has allocated 2 teams who will manage their mobile Soup Kitchens to join our riders on the venture. Shoprite will be providing a specially formulated 350ml cup of nutrious Royco soup and 2 slices of Albany Bread to each person who attends the Journey of Hope talks in each community.
For more information on the Journey of Hope, please contact 082 8403633 or visit our website www.journeyofhope.co.za
As the Journey of Hope spokesperson’s for 2012 this is my message:
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, comprising 16% of all female cancers. In 2011 the World Health Organization reported that, more than 500,000 women lost their lives in 2004 to breast cancer. Although breast cancer is thought to be a disease of the developed world, nearly 70% of all breast cancer deaths occur in developing countries. Now raising awareness among developing countries has become a global concern. Which is why raising awareness amongst these countries has become a global concern.
Last year, the Journey of Hope took us through areas where we interacted with the communities and spread the word about early detection. This year we intend to touch the lives of even more people. We believe ‘Education is power.’ If we can give the gift of education to one person and it saves their life, we have achieved what we set out to do.
We are looking forward to this year’s riding and making a difference in the battle against breast cancer. It is an emotional ride: Last year the bikes were magnificent and sometimes it was overwhelming as we climbed on our Hondas, to slowly leave town, sirens blasting and lights flashing and hit the open road, the jumble of emotions was slowly soothed by the rhythm of the bike, the feel of the wind and the sense of camaraderie amongst the riders and support team. As we rode off we were always aware that WE were the lucky ones – we may have survived breast cancer, but there are people who cope with that and só much more.”