EBE steps out against breast cancer

10 November 2010 | Story by Newsroom

Team EBEDressed for success: EBE staff members, with family and friends, donned their walking shoes for the recent iThemba Walkathon

October was international Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and staff members from the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment (EBE) did their bit of awareness-raising.

On 31 October, 40 members of TEAM EBE took part in the Avon Justine iThemba Walkathon, aka Walk Against Breast Cancer, in Green Point. The event forms part of Avon Justine's iThemba Crusade of Hope, the Avon South Africa initiative that raises funds for the fight against breast cancer.

EBE staff members were invited to support a number of colleagues who have either been diagnosed with breast cancer or have survived the disease. TEAM EBE comprised academic and PASS staff - and their families - and their participation in the event was organised as part of the Values and Culture programme of the faculty's transformation agenda.

Among the walkers was Associate Professor Jenny Whittal, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in July and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. It was inspiring to see her participating with her husband, two children and her parents, say colleagues.

Some 15 000 walkers took part in the Cape Town event. Another walkathon was held two weeks prior to this in Johannesburg.

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