Well-known personalities get behind the 16th annual iThemba Walkathon

August 26, 2021
iThemba Walkathon

Having launched ticket sales to the 16th edition of the iThemba Walkathon online a few weeks ago, Avon Justine has proudly announced the support of several well-known South African personalities. They are personally backing the world’s biggest breast cancer walkathon.

The walkathon takes place virtually on Sunday, 3 October 2021, and will once again feature decentralised walks across the country. iThemba Walkathon encourages participants to walk in small, socially distanced groups within their neighbourhoods. 

Fan favourite TV actor Kay Sibiya and his partner Judie Kama will be joining the crusade for the 5th consecutive year. In addition, TV presenter and model, Abigail Visagie and entrepreneur/TikTok sensation Semone Skosan and her family are backing this prestigious event as well.

The long-standing iThemba Walkathon advocate, the legendary Lilian Dube, will this year be joined by a fellow cancer survivor/actress Mbali Maphumulo in support of the crusade to raise awareness around breast cancer. Other well-known figures include: 

  • Comedian extraordinaire Nina Hastie
  • Radio personalities Carissa Cupido
  • Putco Mafani  
  • Bujy Bikwa
  • Actors Thandy Matlaila and Cedric Fourie
  • Sports TV hosts Lebo Motsoeli 
  • Simphiwe Dludlu (ex Banyana Banyana player)
  • Fashion designer Mbali Ndlela
  • Content creators Boitumelo Rametsi and Clarrisa M. 

Multi-award-winning artist Candy Tsa Mandebele Mokwena will also officially join the iThemba family this year.

“In addition to our wonderful NGO partners this year, we are delighted to have these additional powerful voices behind the iThemba Walkathon, to help us propel the fight against breast cancer. Together, we join forces in the ongoing crusade to support frontline organisations and people affected by breast cancer,” says Mafahle Mareletse, Managing Director of Avon Justine Turkey, Middle East & Africa. “We are grateful that you have kept the momentum going for this great cause over the past 15 years and we continue to urge all South Africans to register and join us again this year.”

The second virtual iThemba Walkathon invites participants from across the globe to register for the event and join the worldwide crusade against breast cancer, as long as they comply with health and safety protocols. 

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:

  • Limpopo: Thornhill SA, Polokwane
  • Western Cape: Tygervalley, Somerset Mall
  • Eastern Cape: Moffet Park, Gqeberha
  • KwaZulu Natal: Cascades SC Pietermaritzburg, Pavilion Mall
  • Freestate: Bloem Value Mart, Bloemfontein
  • Gauteng: Fourways Mall, Fourways
  • Mpumalanga: Highveld mall, Nelspruit Crossing
  • Northwest: Platinum Square and Matlosana Mall
  • Northern Cape: Northern Cape Mall

All registration enquiries can be directed to avonjustinewalk@s4u.co.za or by calling by 012 880 26 35, during weekday working hours. Saturday from 10h00 to 16h00 or on Sundays and public holidays from 10h00 to 13h00.

iThemba Walkathon

The closing date for online entries is 25 September 2021. In-store registrations close on 15 September 2021.

Early bird entries to this year’s virtual walkathon will receive a gift bag containing:

  • An iThemba Walkathon 2021 collector’s T-shirt
  • Avon and Justine products
  • 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. They can select to collect it, free of charge, at select Clicks stores.

Proceeds generated from the iThemba Walkathon to 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)
  • Journeysys
  • Look Good… Feel Better (LGFB)

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