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Bidvest Wits partners with Pink Drive

Bidvest Wits Football Club partnered up with the PinkDrive Foundation and raised funds to send a PinkDrive mobile mammogram unit to the East Bank Clinic in Alexandra. The big pink van parked outside the clinic and started testing patients for cervical and breast cancer.

The PinkDrive is an NPO and solely relies on funding from sponsors as every test conducted on patients is completely free.

All PinkDrive units travel to semi-urban and urban areas around South Africa with the aim of enabling all medically uninsured access to women’s health services. These services include free education on women’s health, free mammograms, free pap smears, free clinical examinations and how to do breast self-examinations.

 

Some of the Clever Boys joined us on the journey and shared their experience with us.

Cuthbert Malajila “To come and give back to the communities that we came from is always important. This is the first time I have heard of the PinkDrive and today we have learnt a lot about breast cancer. It is important for us to take time out whenever we can to give back to the community. This afternoon when I get home I am going to share my experience with my wife and share the important information with her about the symptoms of breast cancer.”

Thulani Hlatshwayo “Personally this is the first time I have ever learnt about breast cancer. The nurse explained to us how important it is for women to be tested for breast cancer. It is important for us a club to move out of our comfort zone because we have many female supporters and we need to look out for one another. The PinkDrive does a fantastic job in assisting the communities.”

Moeneeb Josephs ” The experience today was amazing, it was very informative. The fact that they come into communities where funds are not always available for these kinds of tests. The Pink Drive initiative is something we as Bidvest Wits should be proud to be a part of. It is very important that we are aware of the dangers of cancer and these mobile units will definitely facilitate in early detection.”

 
Ryan Dowie tells a little more about what the Pink Drive does when visiting communities like Alexandra.