In anticipation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a team of SA Weddings athletes, will be running the Cape Town Marathon on Sunday, 15 September to raise funds and awareness for Project Flamingo, an NPO that provides funding for additional breast cancer theater lists in the public health sector.
On Sunday, 15 September, a team of SA Weddings athletes led by Temotio Jacopo will undertake the 42,2km to raise awareness about breast cancer in South Africa. Temotio, a fitness instructor and seasoned runner, attended the 2018 SA Weddings Bride of the Year event where he was introduced to Project Flamingo for the very first time. “I was touched to hear that SA Weddings supports this incredible organisation. I knew I had to get involved and fitness is what I know and am good at. I approached the team and expressed my interest in supporting Project Flamingo by running the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon. A few days later, myself and the team had a Given Gain fundraising account set up and in a few weeks I’ll be running in support of this incredible cause.”
With breast cancer being the most common cancer in women, Project Flamingo provides funding for additional theater lists on a monthly basis at both Groote Schuur and Tygerberg hospitals. Main costs are the locum rates for qualified theater nursing staff and selected theater consumables. Surgeons and anesthetists all work on a voluntary basis.
Approximately 5 – 8 patients receive their breast cancer surgery per list, which significantly aids in providing timely care for these patients. In 2017, a total of 82 breast cancer patients received their cancer surgeries on these sponsored lists and in 2018 a record 112 patients were operated on Project Flamingo lists. A total number of 580 (at the time of writing) have received their surgery through Project Flamingo since its launch in 2010.Patients are not selected by the NPC but are patients known to the breast oncology services at both GSH and TBH hospitals. This ensures fair practice and continuity of care. “Project Flamingo is extremely grateful to wonderful individuals like Temotio who selflessly contributes to our cause. It is our prerogative to continue to assist and support an overwhelmed public health care system and to advocate on an ongoing basis for improved service delivery to ensure evidenced based, quality and humane cancer care for all South Africans. We can’t do it without people like Temotio! In the words of Margaret Mead: ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has’, says Dr Liana Roodt, Specialist Breast, Endocrine and General Surgeon.
As part of a CSI initiative, SA Weddings supports Project Flamingo by raising funds through ticket sales for Bride of the Year, an annual gala event, which sees 12 contestants compete for the title and various other exclusive prizes. “We’re extremely honoured to be supporting this incredible organisation who has taken it upon themselves to provide an outlet and support system for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. We’d also like to thank Temotio for reaching out to us and wanting to assist in raising additional funds for Project Flamingo”, says Katherine Ballantyne, Creative Director for SA Weddings.
To donate to this incredible cause, click HERE.