Table Mountain lights up in gold for childhood cancer

Posted by Anita Froneman on 7 October 2020

Table Mountain lit up in golden hues on Tuesday evening, October 6 from 8-9pm in support of the survivors of childhood cancer, and a tribute to those who have lost the fight against the disease.

The international childhood cancer-awareness symbol is a golden ribbon.

Around 80% of all child cancer cases globally occur in low-and middle-income countries, yet fewer than a third of children are diagnosed in these countries and of those that are treated, less than 20% survive, according to World Child Cancer.

Creating awareness and educating people around this tragic disease can go a long way. Early detection is often the difference between life and death.

‘A balanced lifestyle will reduce your cancer risk and includes making smart food and drink choices; being physically active on a regular basis; maintaining a healthy weight; and avoiding known cancer-causing agents (carcinogens) such as tobacco and alcohol,’ CANSA says on their website.

‘Knowing your family’s medical history, going for regular health checks and cancer screening is also strongly advised.’

The iconic South African landmark has been the canvas for awareness-creation of other causes too, like the #LightSARed campaign that aimed to draw attention to the plight of the events industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown regulations.

 

Pictures: Nidha Narrandes






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