THE FIRST ever national and virtual iThemba Walkathon, proudly brought to you by Justine Avon will be held on October 31 2020.
Entering its 15th edition over 30 000 participants are expected to enter this virtual marathon, whose main objective is to support and raise funds for breast cancer awareness in mzansi.
Safety and the need to minimise social gatherings is a primary concern this year, hence the iThemba Walkathon will be hosted virtually at the comfort and safety of the participant’s homes and neighbourhoods, thanks to the deadly pandemic Covid-19.
According to organisers, the funds that will be generated from registration will be donated to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), Wings of Hope, Look Good…Feel Better and Journeysys and will also go towards organising the 2021 Avon Justine iThemba Walkathon.
“The decision to continue hosting this annual event, which is the biggest Avon breast cancer walkathon in the world, is in response to increased risk of infection and possibilities of patients developing severe complications during the lockdown due to reduced capacity of public health facilities owing to increased cases of Covid-19 infections and deferred treatment of breast cancer cases,” says Managing Director- Mafatshe Mareletsa, Avon Justine Turkey, Middle East & Africa.
Tickets for adults goes for R150,
Children under the age of 12 years R100 and FREE entry for children under the age of 2 years from the iThemba Walkathon www.ithembawalkathon.co.za.
Continued Mareletse:”By hosting the virtual national iThemba Walkathon, we are casting the net wider and giving all South Africans the opportunity to walk for a purpose and contribute meaningfully in the fight against breast cancer.
This virtual national iThemba Walkathon will give survivors of breast cancer the opportunity to celebrate the milestone they have achieved, and will mark a triumph of the human spirit as encapsulated under the theme: My Time to Make Difference, Watch Me Now.”
The first 30,000 participants to register for the 2020 edition of the iThemba Walkathon will receive a walk pack which comprises of Avon/Justine product, a free commemorative t-shirt and other goodies from corporate voices who support the promotion of breast health and these packs will be delivered to their doors. So kool ne?
Once the participant has registered and their registration is confirmed, they will receive a link to download an app which they can use to receive breast cancer education and reminders of the event closer to the date.
During the event, participants can choose any route of their choice and will receive push notifications informing them of the distance they have walked during the event.”
Participants are invited to either walk their selected distance (4km or 8km) in their homes or in the roads surrounding their homes as long as they adhere to lockdown regulations.
“The app also has a tracking functionality that allows participants to track and share their walking route in real-time with their loved ones,” he said.
In order to keep the fun element that organisers have been known to bring, the app will allow participants to share their pictures on customised iThemba Walkathon frames that they can share on their favourite social media platforms by using the hashtag #2020iThembaWalkathon.
For more information visit https://www.avonworldwide.com/supporting-women/breast-cancer