Registration is officially open for the 16th edition of the iThemba Walkathon, which will once again be a virtual walk. Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s walk will again feature decentralised walks, encouraging participants to walk in small groups in their local neighbourhood across the country.
“The third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is upon us and we need to painstakingly heed the health and safety protocols aimed at curbing the further transmission of the virus,” says Mafahle Mareletse, Managing Director of Avon Justine Turkey, Middle East & Africa. “It is equally important that we should also keep the momentum in the fight against breast cancer by supporting frontline organisations and people infected and affected by breast cancer. This year we’re inviting all iThemba Walkers to walk with a purpose, to join the crusade against breast cancer, to give from the heart and take some time to walk with us and help us raise funds for a good cause. We urge everyone to join us as we paint South Africa pink as a sign of our pledge to fight breast cancer.”
The second virtual iThemba Walkathon will take part on Sunday, 3 October 2021. Participants from across the country are invited to register for the event and join the worldwide crusade against breast cancer. This means that registered participants can join the iThemba Walkathon wherever they are, as long as they comply with health and safety protocols.
Avon Justine staff and select influencers in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Polokwane will also join the walk from the respective CANSA offices in the various regions. Numbers for each of these regional walks will be kept in line with the current COVID-19 regulations. All Walkathon activity from across the country will be shared on the official iThemba Walkathon social media platforms including:
Registration entries for the walkathon are R180 for adults and R100 for children. iThemba Walkathon Walkers can register online at Ithembawalkathon.co.za or in-store at select Sportsmans Warehouses.
The select stores include:
- Eastern Cape: Moffet Park, Gqeberha
- Freestate: Bloem Value Mart, Bloemfontein
- Gauteng: Fourways Mall, Fourways
- KwaZulu Natal: Cascades SC Pietermaritzburg, Pavilion Mall
- Limpopo: Thornhill SA, Polokwane
- Mpumalanga: Highveld mall, Nelspruit Crossing
- Northwest: Platinum Square and Matlosana Mall
- Northern Cape: Northern Cape Mall
- Western Cape: Tygervalley, Somerset Mall
All registration enquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling by 012 880 26 35 during weekday working hours, on Saturday from 10h00 to 16h00 or on Sundays and public holidays from 10h00 to 13h00.
The closing date for online entries is 25 September. In-store registrations close on 15 September 2021.
Early bird entries to this year’s virtual walkathon will receive a gift bag consisting of an iThemba Walkathon 2021 collector’s T-shirt, Avon and Justine products and an iThemba Walkathon 2021 collector’s buff. Participants can choose to have the gift bag directly delivered to their homes for a nominal fee of R80,50 or they can select to collect it, free of charge at the selected Clicks store.
The iThemba Walkathon is the largest breast cancer walkathon in the Avon world. Consisting of over 50 participating countries that support the fight against breast cancer by encouraging women to go for regular screening to increase chances of early detection and survival.
Once again Avon will donate the proceeds generated from iThemba Walkathon frontline non-governmental organisations working with breast cancer survivors such as breast cancer support group:
- Wings of Hope
- The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)
- Look Good… Feel Better (LGFB)