• Bavuma champions breast cancer fight

    Proteas Test captain Temba Bavuma visited the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital on Monday.

    He saw first-hand the institution’s ongoing efforts in the fight against breast cancer and the invaluable contribution being made by The Pink ODI Fund.

    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 Wanderers goes to The Pink ODI Fund, which, to date, has approved R2.4-million 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.

    The Proteas first started playing in pink to raise awareness about breast cancer in 2013, with the 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.

    “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.”

    CEO of Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, Gladys Bogoshi expressed her gratitude, saying: “Management and staff of CMJAH appreciates the collaboration with Cricket South Africa, the 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.

    “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.”

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    Simon Borchardt