CAN sprays for cancer patients

Raising funds for awareness

16 March 2020 | Health

Ivan Malgas; Donor; “It's a good initiative from CAN...”

Swakopmund • [email protected]


The Cancer Association of Namibia’s (CAN) annual “Spray-A-Thon 2020” kicked off at Platz Am Meer on Saturday, where members of the public got their hair sprayed in different colours for N$20 each, with the proceeds going for a good cause.

Ivan Malgas was one of the many residents who contributed to the initiative.

“It’s a good initiative from CAN incorporating the Spray-A-Thon to help it generate money to supplement the funds they need to continue doing the stellar job they have been doing for cancer patients and survivors in Namibia, hence I decided to take part,” Malgas said.

Prior to the event, CAN’s CEO Rolf Hansen announced that the event would take place in Swakopmund and Windhoek for the duration of March to benefit young Namibians fighting cancer.

“Funky coloured hair and heads during March is the name of the game, and saving lives is our aim!” Hansen said.

Schools, companies, family and friends are all invited to support the hair spraying fun.

Donations have been earmarked for the CHICA (Children Fighting Cancer in Namibia) programme that supports the CHICA Interim Home for childhood cancer patients, and also aids the Children’s Paediatric Ward (8 West of Windhoek Central Hospital).

In addition to this support, the CHICA Fund also assists childhood cancer patients financially and in 2019 paid out N$185 000 towards medical co-payments, formula milk and transportation to ensure that minor patients are treated timeously.

Since Saturday though, it was announced that all CAN activities have been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak in Namibia.

“All CAN clinics and community outreaches are postponed with immediate effect. Services are to resume from Monday, 3 May 2020, subject to the situation at that time,” Hansen said.

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