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Project raises funds to battle cancer in Namibia

WINDHOEK, (Xinhua) -- The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) Friday received a boost of 211,864 U.S. dollars raised through an apple selling initiative which was conducted across the country.

Established 18 years ago, Bank Windhoek’s Cancer Apple Project, which has impacted the lives of many Namibians, is aimed at creating cancer awareness and educating Namibians to protect themselves against the disease.

This year, the project received international recognition as an innovative fundraising initiative when it was presented at the 2018 World Cancer Congress in Malaysia last month.

Bank Windhoek’s Managing Director Baronice Hans said for the past three years, a portion of the funds raised through the Cancer Apple Project has been channeled into financing an outreach program, and since then 22,130 people have been screened for all types of cancer in all 14 regions of the country.

“In 2018 alone, 3,438 women have been screened for cervical cancer through the Outreach Program and of those, 223 resulted in early detection. This means that early detection through this project, has potentially saved 223 lives,” she added.

The project which has grown into one of the biggest Corporate Social Responsibility ventures over the years has raised in excess of 1.4 million U.S. dollars since its inception.

             

 

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