“When it comes to cancer, most people lack knowledge and hope,” said Gamalethu Nomvula Ngongoma the finalist of MrsCommon Wealth South Africa during the cancer awareness campaign held at Liberty Church in Cosmo City on 18 May.
“The black community always assumes cancer is a western disease, which can only affect white people” she said. “There is a lack of knowledge. Those who are affected, feel stigmatized, and they lose hope. Cancer victims should not be given discouraging news, but should be loved and motivated because it is a curable disease.”
Community members attended the event alongside various NGOs working to give hope and support to cancer victims. The NGOs included Pink Drive, Gladiators of Hope, Cancervive and Sedumedi Hope Foundation.
Ngongoma, who organised the event, added that it is not a bad thing for people to use other means of medication to cure cancer. “The majority of the people fear to do chemo therapy,” she said. “They think it will harm their bodies. That is lack of knowledge, and our aim is to bring proper knowledge to the community.”
Whether you have had cancer before or not, Ngongoma said you can play part in fighting against cancer.
Also attending the event was Dr Blessing Sikhanda, a gynecologist. Hewho said he has a special interest in fighting cancer. Doctors should go an extra mile and play a pastoral role, he said, showing love and support when they work with people affected by the cancer health challenge.
Inspirational speaker, entrepreneur, and author Tumi Leeuw-Mosiane gave a motivational speech. He said the tongue is powerful in directing our future and he challenged people to embrace whatever rial they face – whether in health, finances or emotional balance -with boldness and to grow from the struggle to overcome their problems.