Shoprite Checkers Raises Over R1 Million to Fight Cancer

Cuppa For CANSA Poster 2015 small postOctober 2015: CANSA and Shoprite Checkers have a long standing relationship that stretches over more than a decade. Every year, as part of their support for the Cuppa for CANSA campaign, the retailer hosts in-store Cuppa events for customers.

This year saw a total of R1 059 550 raised, the highest sum in the history of the partnership and one third of the total funds for the campaign.

CANSA plays an important role in supporting people affected by cancer, educating the public around cancer and conducting cancer risk reduction research. With more than 100 000 South Africans diagnosed with cancer every year Shoprite Checkers believes this partnership makes a difference to the communities they operate in by supporting individuals and families with their fight against cancer.

Speaking about the campaign Maria Scholtz, Head of Sustainability at CANSA, said: “This unique partnership between Shoprite Checkers and CANSA plays a pivotal role in the success of the yearly Cuppa for CANSA campaign and we’re grateful for the support towards CANSA projects.”

In South Africa, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month the retailer will also be deploying CANSA Mobile Clinics at selected stores between 7 October and 6 November 2015 nationally. These mobile clinics are equipped to offer a variety of services to their customers free of charge and will assist men and women in early cancer detection.

  • Clinical Breast Examinations and how to do self-breast examinations
  • How to do testicular self-examinations to reduce the risk of testicular cancer
  • Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) – a finger-prick blood test to help detect prostate abnormalities
  • Pap smears – screening test for early diagnosis of cervical cancer
  • Lifestyle risk assessments to assess your cancer risk
  • Blood pressure and glucose testing
  • Height and weight measurement for Body Mass Index to advise on maintaining a healthy weight
  • Information on the cancer warning signs for adults and children

CANSA’s CEO, Elize Joubert, says that early detection is important to help with more effective treatment and to have a better chance of recovering from cancer. Ignorance and late diagnosis of cancer can lead to a poor response to treatment and a poor diagnosis. It’s also important to know what screening options are available to you, especially if you have a family history of cancer.