The first quarter of 2017 will see 14 cyclists participating in the Carletonville to Cape Town cycle tour to raise funds and awareness for the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) in the Association’s 85th anniversary year.

“It’s not just about cycling for these riders,” says Lucy Balona, CANSA’s Head of Marketing and Communication. “Almost without exception, each participant has been affected by cancer in some way. This is their way of making a difference for cancer survivors by not only raising funds, but also raising awareness of how to lower the cancer risk and to show support for cancer survivors.”

Balona, who will be taking part says that it’s this type of passion and participation that CANSA encouraged on World Cancer Day on Saturday, 4 February. “The theme of the three-year World Cancer Day campaign is ‘We Can, I Can’ and explores how everyone, individually or in teams, can help to reduce the impact of cancer on individuals, families and communities.”

Riding 1 500 km’s – Cape Town 25 February to 8 March 2017

Cancer survivors will be top of mind for the team of riders who are going to cycle close to   1 500km in 12 days. Organiser Navarre Kruger, who is based in Carletonville says that the team, who is funding itself, has raised almost R200 000 through sponsorships and donations.

“We still have a short while to go, and we’re confident that we’ll beat the targets set by the team”,  he says. This money will go to CANSA’s care and support services, including the CANSA Care Centre in Carletonville. (

The tour, with its two back-up vehicles sponsored by Tempest Car Hire and South32 and support members, will leave Carletonville on 25 February and will arrive in Cape Town on8 March. After a few days of rest, they will then tackle the Cape Town Cycle Tour on 12 March. To see the list of riders and route, please visit:


The team has been getting fit for the event, with weekly team spinning classes, social rides over weekends and some members successfully completing to date, the Telkom 947 Cycle challenge, PPA Mangaung Cycle Tour, Amashova Durban Classic Race, BestMed Satellite Classic as well as the Springbok Plant Hire Wind Down Challenge.

Generous sponsors to date include South32, Life Occupational Health Services, KWS, Kuvula Trade, Actom, ABB, Ergomax, Amayez and QMuzik.

Balona and Kruger may be contacted for more information on the tour and how to support it on 076 620 6785 or email [email protected]. Donations can be made securely and easily online at



Contact Lucy Balona, Head: Marketing and Communication at CANSA at[email protected]; or on 011 616 7662 or 082 459 5230.

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CANSA offers a unique integrated service to the public and to all people affected by cancer. As a leading role-player in cancer research (more than R12 million spent annually), the scientific findings and knowledge gained from our research are used to realign our health programmes, as well as strengthen our watchdog role to the greater benefit of the public. Our health programmes comprise health and education campaigns; CANSA Care Centres that offer a wide range of care and support services to those affected by cancer; stoma and other clinical support and organisational management; medical equipment hire, as well as a toll-free line to offer information and support. We also supply patient care and support in the form of 12 CANSA Care Homes in the main metropolitan areas for out-of-town cancer patients; a hospitium based in Polokwane; and CANSA-TLC lodging for parents and guardians of children undergoing cancer treatment.