The Breast Cancer Awareness Walk by Think Pink Malawi, an initiative by some of the country’s models, returns to Lilongwe next month.
The annual walk, aimed at sensitising women to one of the commonest cancers in the country, will take place on October 22.
“The walk will start from Parliament Building to Koko Bean inside the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. Think Pink Malawi also announces key dates for Breast Cancer Community Awareness and its T-shirt competition.
“The aim of the awareness is to encourage and teach women on early detection of breast cancer because the earlier it is detected the more likely it can be treated,” reads a statement from Think Pink.
The group says it will conduct the community awareness on October 15 at Chileka Health Centre in Nsundwe, Lilongwe and on October 29 at Chezi Health Centre in Dowa.
Think Pink Malawi chairperson Blandina Khondowe said the event will also include free cervical cancer screening for women as well as provide check ups.
She said: “There shall also be a T-shirt design competition which will only be open to students in primary and secondary schools. Students shall be given a challenge to create a T-shirt design on a white A4 paper that promotes breast cancer awareness in Malawi.
“Students will be required to submit their designs to their school offices with their full names, age, class and name of the school. The T-shirt must not have any third party logos. Deadline for the T-shirt design is September 19.”
Khondowe said the competition also seeks to raise awareness on breast cancer in young people and added that the winner will have the privilege of their design being used as the official 2016 Think Pink Malawi T-shirt.
She added that the winner will also receive five free T-shirts and lead the Think Pink Malawi Walk in October.
Partners for the events include Save the Children, Centre for Medical Diagnostics, Women Coalition Against Cancer, Nation Publications Limited (NPL), Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), Parliamentary Committee on Health and Lilongwe Wildlife Centre.