Spinning for CAN
09 February 2018 | Motors
The Cancer Association hosted a fundraising car spinning event at the Swakopmund spins grounds on Saturday to commemorate World Cancer Day (4 February) and to raise funds for cancer awareness.
A bikers’ procession through town proceeded the spinning action.
One of the organizers, Celeste de Klerk, explained the importance of the event. “We wanted to create a platform for the youth to be involved, hence the spins. That’s why we invited clubs like the bikes and the spinners so that they can also get involved in awareness campaigns and activities, because cancer can affect anyone.”
De Klerk said that the spin day was also held to get people together to have fun, thus the event included jumping castles, a live DJ and delicious braaivleis.
“Today is all about getting the message across and not so much about the money. With CAN being a non-profit organization, it is completely dependent on donations from kindhearted people,” she said.
De Klerk said that the recently opened CAN office in Swakopmund was not only opened to serve the local community but the entire Erongo Region. She explained that funds donated by corporates support the fight against cancer and provide assistance for patients.
“At events like this, people tend to give donations which we accumulate and can use whenever the need arises. We have products for cancer patients who are receiving treatment and for those post-treatment. This includes nappies, stomach products and pink products (T-shirts and accessories). The pink products are a means used by CAN to generate income for cancer patients,” she said.
One of the spin participants, Willie Bronkhorst, explained why he participated in the “spinning for cancer” event.
“Both my mother and mother-in-law have B4 breast cancer. That’s the main reason I am here. I have four children and brought my daughter along to make her aware that cancer can affect anyone.”