October is cancer awareness month, and in celebration of life, Joan Ramagoshi hosted around 50 women at a high tea at the Sandton Sun, Wednesday, 26 October. The event further entrenched Joan’s overall passion around women’s issues, cancer awareness and education.
The opportunity for women to gather, raise awareness and create a dialogue in which people can learn, educate and inspire each other was primary objective for the event during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Joan, through the informal gathering, aimed to profile Breast Cancer by educating ladies on the disease and the benefits of early check-ups.
The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) Central Gauteng was honoured that Joan Ramagoshi hosted a Cuppa for CANSA/High Tea in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness month. CANSA was grateful for the opportunity to have presented at the function, and educate women on Breast and Cervical cancer. “It is important that those in the public eye are a part of such worthy causes, as their influence and impact on others is invaluable” noted Elmarie Potgieter of CANSA. CANSA is working hard to educate all South Africans on cancer and create a culture of early detection and cancer prevention. Support of cancer patients and their loved ones is a major part of CANSA’s portfolio. Research completes the roles and responsibilities that CANSA has in the South African community, that of a being a watch dog for consumers and ensuring that the public are informed so that they can make healthy lifestyle choices.
The Sandton Sun was a proud partner on the event for the day. “The Sandton Sun is delighted to be involved in such a worthy event. As a gold member of the Heritage Environmental Programme, we strive to help our community in as many ways as possible. This event really captured the essence of what we hope to achieve, which is talking about issues that can affect men and women in our community, no matter who they are. Cancer is a killer but creating awareness can help save lives” commented Andrew Davidson, GM of Sandton Sun.
Other contributors to the event included Journey of Hope, vesting their interest in the event by bringing on board Rebecca Baloyi, a breast cancer survivor. Gifts bags for all the attendees were kindly sponsored by proudly South African, Tip Top Nails.
Joan Ramagoshi recently left Mamelodi Sundowns in June 2011, and had moved full time into operating ‘The Dynamic School of Grooming’. The School teaches a young person about the importance of grooming and etiquette. The curriculum allows people to learn about themselves and enables them to communicate effectively in business. Main focus is on the importance of image and self-esteem, necessary elements both in a personal or corporate life. The school is targeted at all ages and races focusing on people who want to change their lives and attitudes for the positive. In addition to her School of Grooming, Joan is also a co-owner of marketing and events company RBJ Marketing. She is also a motivational speaker giving lectures on how to “Unleash the Power in You”. Joan lives by the motto of inspire, love, make a difference.
A tribute to breast cancer survivors at the Avon Ithemba Walkathon at Marks Park on 16 October
Although the Journey of Hope 2011 ride was over many of the team stayed on one day longer to participate in the Avon Ithemba Walkathon held at Marks Park on Sunday 16 October to raise funds to fight breast cancer. Our team joined hundreds of people to walk 8kms through the suburb streets. The walk highlighted how many cancer survivors are out there and hope important our cause truly is.
…. and the end of the Journey of Hope 2011 ride.
With mixed feelings of elation and sadness our team embarked on the last leg of the Journey, riding from our overnight accommodation in the Magaliesberg to Pecanwood Golf Estate on the banks of the Hartebeespoort Dam where our sponsors and family members awaited us. A brunch event brought the Journey of Hope 2011 ride to a close. Our sponsors were thanked for their contributions as without them our Journey would not have been possible. To our delight Honda pledged to support us again in 2012 and many of the stakeholders involved in 2011 were asked to participate again in the 2012 ride. At the end of the event some rides returned home with their families while the rest rode the bikes back to OR Tambo International Airport where overnight accommodation, sponsored by City Lodge, had been arranged.
The dusty red streets of Thabazimbi were painted pink with posters announcing our arrival when we rolled into town to address the community at the Thabazimbi Community Clinic. Marie Steenkamp was responsible for thrumming up enthusiasm in the town and our event was well attended by clinic staff and the local community. Thabazimbi Mayor Patricia Mosito was present to address the audience after our riders had shared their stories. A mobile clinic was made available for anyone wishing to have a free breast exam. After a lunch of boerewors rolls, sponsored by Pick n Pay, our riders hit the road again for a game lodge in the Magaliesberg where we spent our last night. An informal awards dinner recognised every member of the team for their contributions and we spent our last evening together reminiscing and relishing the friendships we built during the ride.