Nairobi, KE – The Kenya Cancer Association[i], September 21, 2016 officially activated the 3rd edition of Relay for Life Kenya 2016 which is a major Cancer Fundraising in initiative in Kenya and the World. KENCASA is among the 3 organizations in Africa licensed to organize and carry out the franchise.
“Relay for Life (RFL) is a 24-hour event that involves an overnight camp out and teams take turns walking or running around a track; in this case, Nyayo National Stadium. The event is 24 hours to signify the aspect; cancer never sleeps” Deborah Modi the executive Director of KENCASA. She added “It is a time when we all come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much and more so give hope”.
During the event, the First lady of Machakos County Madam Lilian Nganga also took an opportunity to urge county governments and other stakeholders to join in the fight against cancer. In her address Madam Nganga said early detection can help to reduce the rising cases of cancer and highlighted a few steps taken at county level to ensure more people get screened. Early Madam Nganga also encouraged more people to take NHIF covers as this would help to reduce the burden of cancer in Kenya. She pledged her support and participation at Relay for Life Kenya 3rd Edition.
Speaking at the event on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Joseph Kibachio emphasized on need to complement government efforts in the fight against cancer. Dr. Kibachio said the government is putting up four Cancer Centers in the country and lauded the efforts of KENCASA in organizing an event that would bring major stakeholders together. He also added that the government through the National Cancer Institute will put more efforts into addressing the Cancer situation in the country.
The Event that went line in line with the Launch of KENCASA’s Strategic Plan 2016 – 2018 brought together various stakeholders in the Health Sector including the Ministry of Health, Nairobi County Health Department, Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance among other partners. Of interest at the launch was also a strategic partnership between KENCASA and Kay Seven Group which involves packaging a specially branded water bottle whose 50% proceeds will go towards support of fighting cancer in the country.
KENCASA which is the oldest Cancer organization in the country also put out a call to everyone to participate at Relay for Life and sign up for the event in teams. The event will happen on October 15th and 16th at the Nyayo National Stadium