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Bakwena partners with PinkDrive for Women’s Month

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As part of Women’s Month in August, Bakwena N1N4​ ​has​, ​for the seventh year, partnered​ ​with​ ​PinkDrive​ ​and​ ​the Department​ ​of​ ​Health​ ​to​ ​raise​ ​awareness​ ​around​ ​breast cancer as well as ​testicular​ ​and​ ​prostate​ ​cancer​ ​in communities​ ​adjacent​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Platinum​ ​Highway​ ​in​ ​North​ ​West​ ​Province. The​ fully equipped ​Pink​Drive​ ​mammography​ ​truck can be seen in the background.
As part of Women’s Month in August, Bakwena N1N4​ ​has​, ​for the seventh year, partnered​ ​with​ ​PinkDrive​ ​and​ ​the Department​ ​of​ ​Health​ ​to​ ​raise​ ​awareness​ ​around​ ​breast cancer as well as ​testicular​ ​and​ ​prostate​ ​cancer​ ​in communities​ ​adjacent​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Platinum​ ​Highway​ ​in​ ​North​ ​West​ ​Province. The​ fully equipped ​Pink​Drive​ ​mammography​ ​truck can be seen in the background.

It always warms FleetWatch’s heart when we hear how our roads concessionaires contribute to the well-being of communities along their routes proving that there is more to a road than merely a strip of tar.

In this case it involves Bakwena N1N4 which, to celebrate ​Women’s​ ​Month​ ​has​, ​for the seventh year, partnered​ ​with​ ​PinkDrive​ ​and​ ​the Department​ ​of​ ​Health​ ​to​ ​raise​ ​awareness​ ​around​ ​breast cancer as well as ​testicular​ ​and​ ​prostate​ ​cancer​ ​in communities​ ​adjacent​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Platinum​ ​Highway​ ​in​ ​North​ ​West​ ​Province.

This initiative ties in with Bakwena’s​ ​corporate​ ​social​ ​investment​ ​focus​ ​areas​ which ​include – ​but​ ​are​ ​not​ ​limited​ ​to – ​​road safety,​ ​health,​ ​environment​ ​and​ ​heritage​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​social​ ​economic​ ​development. The​ ​organisation​ ​initiates​ ​extensive​ ​social​ ​development​ ​programmes​ ​among the​ ​communities​ ​along​ ​the​ ​routes​ ​it​ ​constructs,​ ​operates,​ ​maintains​ ​and​ ​builds. As​ ​a​ ​socially​ ​responsible​ ​company,​ ​Bakwena​ ​understands​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of​ ​engaging​ ​in partnerships​ ​that​ ​strengthen​ ​systems​ ​such​ ​as​ ​health​ ​and​ ​education.

Aimed​ ​at​ ​educating​ ​people​ ​about​ ​the​ ​various​ ​types​ ​of​ ​cancers (breast, prostate & testicular),​ ​early​ ​lump​ ​detection​ ​and clinical​ ​examinations,​ ​the​ ​first​ ​phase​ ​of​ ​this year’s ​campaign​ ​saw​ ​nurses​ ​and​ ​caregivers​ ​receive training​ ​on​ 30 July at​ ​Zeerust Sub District Department of Health and then at the Swartruggens Community Health Centre on 31 July 2019.

A​ ​second​ ​phase​ ​of​ ​the​ ​campaign ​involves​ ​the​ ​education​ ​and​ ​screening​ ​of​ ​the community which will be taking place at the following clinics: 12 & 13 August​ ​at​ Tswelelopele Clinic; 14 August, Gopane Clinic; and 15 & 16 August at ​Lehurutshe​ ​Clinic. On the 26 August, the campaign will​ ​move​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Groot​ ​Marico Clinic​ ​and​ ​on​ ​27 & 28  ​August​, ​to ​Swartruggens Community Health Centre. The​ ​team​ ​will​ ​also​ ​talk​ ​to​ ​learners​ ​at​ ​the​ ​schools​ ​in​ ​the​ ​areas​ ​surrounding​ ​the​ ​various clinics.

​This​ ​year,​ ​the​ ​Pink​Drive​ ​mammography​ ​truck​ ​– yep, there’s the truck making it all possible – will be available on 15th August at Lehurutshe Clinic and 28 August at Swartruggens Community Health Centre. Prostate cancer testing kits will also be available at the outreach to men over the age of 40.

PinkDrive​ ​is​ ​a​ ​Public​ ​Benefit​ ​Organisation​ ​powering​ ​South​ ​Africa’s​ ​first​ ​mobile mammography​ ​and​ ​educational​ ​unit​ ​and​ ​taking​ ​its​ ​message​ ​that​ ​”Early​ ​Detection​ ​Can Help Prolong a life”​ ​to​ ​communities​ ​throughout​ ​South​ ​Africa.

Through this partnership, PinkDrive​ ​has, to date,​ ​conducted​ 86​ mammograms,​ ​6 355 ​clinical​ ​breast​ ​examinations,​ ​and​ ​educated​ ​26 473 ​men and women​ on breast​, testicular and prostate cancer as well as carried out 511 PSA tests on men over the age of 40 along the N1N4 route. It’s all the right stuff.

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