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PROTEAS CAPTAIN BAVUMA CHAMPIONS BREAST CANCER FIGHT.

Proteas Men’s Captain, Temba Bavuma, visited the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital on Monday to see first-hand the institution’s ongoing efforts in the fight against breast cancer and the invaluable contribution being made by The Pink ODI Fund.

 

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Bavuma was the guest of the hospital’s Breast Cancer Clinic, a surgical clinic that provides a specialised breast cancer service to hospitals and healthcare clinics in Gauteng, which has been a beneficiary of the Fund since 2018. The Clinic is responsible for diagnosing more than 350 new breast cancer cases a year and treats up to 100 patients a week.

 

A significant portion of money pledged by the public during the popular Pink ODIs at the DP World Wanderers Stadium goes to The Pink ODI Fund, which, to date, has approved R2.4m for research and ward upgrades. It has also paid out almost R700 000 for various projects and continues to provide refreshments for day patients at the Breast Clinic.


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The Proteas first started playing in pink to raise awareness about breast cancer in 2013, with the DP World Wanderers hosting 12 Pink ODIs, including two in 2023. The Pink ODI Fund, a Public Benefit Organisation, was established to manage the significant donations made by fans and to support the nominated recipients who provide breast cancer health services.

 

Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Central Gauteng Lions (CGL) have been steadfast supporters of the Pink ODI Fund, extending their commitment beyond the boundaries of the cricket field to make a meaningful impact on society.


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“It’s an honour to be a part of this special initiative and raise awareness for something that goes beyond just cricket,” said Bavuma. “It's about making a meaningful impact in the lives of those affected by breast cancer and supporting the efforts of the dedicated medical professionals to combat this disease. It was a privilege to witness the significance of the contribution made through the Pink ODI Fund.”

 

Chief Executive Officer of Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, Gladys Bogoshi expressed her gratitude, saying;

 

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“Management and staff of CMJAH appreciates the collaboration with Cricket South Africa, Central Gauteng Lions, and all stakeholders for continuing to raise awareness about breast cancer on a global platform through Pink Day."


“This partnership has assisted us in sending a message that prevention is better than cure; men can also develop breast cancer, and that you should continue self-assessment of your status. Seeking medical help early improves health outcomes, improves life expectancy, and reduces medical care costs."


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“We have managed to improve our patient care of experience through this partnership, and we look forward to continued support from our nation’s cricketers and the cricket-loving public,” she said.

 

Bavuma's visit highlighted the impact that collective action and support can have in the fight against breast cancer. The Pink ODI Fund continues to raise awareness around breast cancer, as well as providing much-needed funding to ensure the Breast Clinic can provide world-class diagnosis and treatment to thousands of people affected by breast cancer.

 

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