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
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.
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.