NCD Alliance Newsletter – 16 November 2017



Women bear unequal burden as diabetes cases soar

One in 11 adults worldwide lives with diabetes, and those who are women face unique and multiple barriers to accessing cost-effective diabetes prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and care, particularly in developing countries. Those are the findings of the 8th Diabetes Atlas, released on 14 November, World Diabetes Day.

425 million adults are currently living with diabetes, 10 million more than in 2015, according to Atlas author, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). Diabetes, an NCD, is set to affect almost 700 million people by 2045, and over 350 million adults are currently at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the most prevalent form.

“This represents nothing less than a global health tsunami that is undermining the health and productivity of populations and crippling economies,” said NCD Alliance CEO Katie Dain. “Governments need to wake up and commit to take urgent action against diabetes and other noncommunicable diseases, ahead of the 2018 UN High-level Meeting on NCDs.”

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Live Your Best Life with CANSA Active

Live Your Best Life with CANSA Active

CANSA is excited to launch our NEW CANSA Active website, where you can find out how to get active and healthy, while having Feel Good Fun.

You also have the opportunity as an individual to truly make a difference for good, by raising awareness of cancer, and funds to help us detect cancer early, and through education programmes, to help reduce cancer risk.

CANSA Active is not about being a star athlete, it’s about being a team player in the fight against cancer!

Don’t forget to tag us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #CANSAactive while having #FeelGoodFun!

Regular Excercise

The CANSA Active Way

CANSA Active promotes regular exercise and physical activity which play a major role in leading a healthy balanced lifestyle – aimed at lowering your cancer risk.

Lack of regular exercise and physical activity; being overweight or obese; combined with unhealthy dietary habits and recreational activities, for exampletanning, smoking and drinking, are all factors increasing your cancer risk.

Furthermore, it’s important to be #SunSmart, while you are working up a sweat! Our staff and volunteers attending CANSA Active events, provide free sunscreen to participants and spectators to help protect them from the sun.

Join Our Team

1.     Choose an event you enjoy:

Do you enjoy cycling, running or something a little less traditional and adventurous (go wild)? Choose an event after your own heart and represent the #CANSAactive way.

We have listed some events in our calendar for your convenience, but not all events are listed. You may participate in any event to raise funds for CANSA.

CANSA Active Merchandise

2.     Get Your CANSA Active Gear

Our CANSA Active branding, sportswear, gear and apparel is predominantly orange, as we believe this colour represents energy and vibrancy – it ignites action and movement!

Orange is also a colour associated worldwide with caution. CANSA Active cautions you to take responsibility for your health by reducing your cancer risk though exercise, physical activity and by protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays.

We have running vests, short sleeve shirts, UV wraps, cycling shirts and bib shorts. Check out our vibrant merchandise and place your order here…

3.     Raise Funds Online:

Our CANSA Active Campaign also gives you the opportunity to raise funds online, while participating in your favourite event.

Create your own Online Fundraising Page for one of our CANSA Active Online Fundraising Projects: 

CANSA Active – Cycle  or  CANSA Active – Go Wild  or  CANSA Active – Run

Invite your social & business contacts to show their support by making an online donation on your fundraising page.

Start Training for Upcoming Events:

Impi Challenge

Impi Challenge & Festival

18 November 2017The IMPI Challenge offers exhilarating obstacles, mud, music and an amazing festival experience.  Categories cater for a variety of fitness levels: elite athletes, runners of all abilities, or kids and families looking for a fun experience.

Although our entries are sold out, come support participants and visit our CANSA Active stand for your free sunscreen, and purchase CANSA Active merchandise.



You can also help the Iloveboobies teams raise money to bring Mobile Health Clinics to remote areas for early breast cancer detection.  They will be selling their new must-have design socks at most events, be on the lookout for them!  You can also order online at   Read more about the fearless members of the Iloveboobies team, their participation in the upcoming Cape Epic and other events.


94.7 Cycle Challenge

19 November 2017: we have 90 cyclists cycling for us, and have a hospitality area for the cyclists, where free sunscreen will be provided.


11 March 2018: Join our CANSA Active team and ride the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour to help support CANSA.Cost: R2 000 which includes a CANSA goodie bag and cycle shirt. NOTE: Entries close at the end of January 2018. For more info contact Stefan Brink: [email protected]

Cape Town Cycle Tour
Two Oceans

Two Oceans Marathon

30 – 31 March 2018: Entries opened and closed soon after 1 November due to high demand – if you’ve missed the boat – we have up to 80 entries available. Contact Stephan Brink, [email protected] to pre-book, on a first paid, first entered basis.  Participants can get entries directly from CANSA. Read more…

Jacques Slabber and the Runners Against Cancer team will yet again be participating in the Two Oceans Half Marathon to raise funds for CANSA. View video here and make an online donation to support this phenomenal team.

See what motivates Jacques and team mates to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer.

Thank You Purple Orchid Project Team

The ‘Purple Orchid Project’ comprises a motley crew of 11 friends that cycled in support of CANSA, from Johannesburg to Durban, from the 17 – 22 October 2017. Their purpose was to raise funds and awareness, specifically regarding testicular cancer for CANSA’s Men’s Health initiatives that focus on men’s cancers. They have to date raised a whopping R53K!

The Purple Orchid was born when Sybrandt Fouché was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2016. “My wife felt that it’s just as important for men to go for check-ups, as a woman, and following a random visit to the urologist, the cancer was detected. Three months later, and it might have been too late. Men generally do not like talking about cancer, let alone testicular cancer – until it knocks on your own door,” he says.

POP Team

“The ribbon for all cancer is a deep purple, however, the recognisable colour for testicular cancer is orchid (light purple). Orchids were once called “ballcocks, dogstones” and similar names, because their roots resemble the human testicle. The name “Orchid” derives from Orchis, the Greek word for “testicle” – hence the Purple Orchid Project.” Read full story here…

Support these brave cyclists and CANSA by making an online donation, before their fundraiser closes in two months’ time.

Get In Touch

We are always looking for energetic volunteers to assist us at our many events.  Should you wish to do so, or require more information regarding a particular event, please contact your closest CANSA Active Co-ordinator: