It is still October, Breast cancer awareness month an annual campaign to increase awareness of this disease. This year our theme is “AWARENESS IMPROVES SURVIVAL“. We mark this month yearly in several locations with our Fun event “Jog for Life“.
This year we are taking to the streets of Lagos on the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness month to celebrate what has been a great Pink October, not just for BRECAN, but for all organisations and individuals supporting this fight.
Below are details of our Lagos event:
Date: Saturday, 31st October, 2015
Lead jogger: Honourable Omotayo Oduntan (Deputy Chief Whip, Lagos State House of Assembly)
Route: Catholic Church of Divine Mercy Admiralty Way Lekki phase 1 through Fun Turf Back to Catholic Church of Divine Mercy, Lekki Phase 1
Side attractions: Aerobics, Health talk, Raffle Draw
Kit: N2,000-N5,000 and N1,500 (Students)
Ibadan protest march against the abduction of over 200 school girls in Chibok, Bornu State was held on Wednesday April 30, 2014 under the auspices of Oyo State Concerned Women’s Group made up of some
And we are glad we did. While the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State received us, the Oyo State Governor sent his Secretary to the State Government to represent him. Hmmmh, well, the Secretary said that our message would be delivered to the Governor. They kept reassuring us that the federal government was on top of the matter. We hope soooo! We were urged to keep praying! . However, we are of the view that ACTION is urgently needed at this season of anomie than prayers! Great support from the Police who saw us through the march which was a long walk indeed and under the sun! And the media, they were fantastic. Our gratitude goes to Teju Specialist Hospital that provided the ambulance and we were lucky that there was no cause to use it. We appreciate them all. We are creating a community face book page for this event as well for participants and the world at large to have access to information on any development concerning this initiative and related advocacy issues.
Posted by Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu
Coordinator: Oyo State Concerned Women’s Group
In Association with: Women for Peace and Justice
We did it! Participants made up of representatives of NGOs, youth groups, the Deaf and concerned mothers assembled at the Trolleys and took off for a 5km walk at about 9am from Trolleys all the way to the Governor’s Office, Secretariat. The Police provided security escort. Although the Governor was not around, we were graciously received by the Deputy Governor, Chief Moses Alake Adeyemo. Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu and Dr Mojisola Atalabi delivered addresses in English and Yoruba respectively where they expressed the frustration of Nigerian women on the incessant and relentless killings of Nigerian children especially in the North Eastern part of the country and called on the federal government to adopt a change in its security strategies in order to stop the carnage before we all consumed by it. Below is the text of the address by Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu and photos:
PROTECT OUR CHILDREN, STOP THE CARNAGE
AN ADDRESS DELIVERED TO HIS EXCELLENCY, SENATOR ABIOLA AJIMOBI, THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF OYO STATE ON THE OCASSION OF NIGERIAN WOMEN MOURN WALK, IBADAN ON 6TH MARCH, 2014.
We are here this morning to pour our grieving hearts to you on the incessant and relentless killings of our children in the North Eastern part of the country. As parents, our grief is deep. We are horrified at the spate of horrendous crimes committed against our children, women and others as there appears to be no solution in sight.
It is no news that dozens of our children were murdered in their sleep in a most barbaric manner. We have also become accustomed to sad tales of how some mindless characters have turned that part of the country to a huge theatre of war. We are saddened by the fact that these savages get away with the heinous crimes perpetrated against our people almost on a daily basis.
We note with deep sadness that, in spite of the declaration of a state of emergency in the three states, Yobe, Adamawa and Bornu, mostly affected by the nefarious activities of the criminals christened as insurgents, the security agencies seem to have no clue to their menace. We strongly advise that they adopt a change in strategy to defeat the agents of darkness. Obviously, the present strategy is not working! We suggest that the military hierarchy devise means of getting the local people (both men and women) to work with them in stamping out this scourge.
We demand a thorough investigation on the allegation that someone ordered the withdrawal of troops stationed to guard the school which came under brutal attack shortly before they struck. If it is true, all those found complicit must be sanctioned.
The welfare of the people should be the primary purpose of governance. It is very disturbing to note that our people now feel less protected by the government of the day. We call on our politicians to cast aside partisan considerations in dealing with this problem. All of us are victims. All Nigerians must rise in unison against these savages.
Let us stop the carnage before we all consumed by it.
Anchor, Nigerian Women Mourn Walk, Ibadan.
BRECAN kicked off 2014 World Cancer Day on Feb. 1 with Jog for Life in partnership with the Inspiration Centre of the Redeemed Christian Church Ejigbo, Lagos State. BRECAN is highly encouraged by this initiative by the Pastor incharge ., Pastor Joseph Adebamowo for caring for the well being of his congregation especially the women. His amiable wife Deaconess Peju Adebamowo was the Lead Jogger . Breast Health Awareness talk was led by Mrs Oladiran, a public health officer from University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan. All participants, men and women were taught how to do Breast Self Examination,a veritable entry point in becoming breast aware. Living a healthy life style such as eating a balanced diet and daily 20 minutes exercise were empasised as ways of preventing cancer. This partnership with a church, without doubt, a strong affirmation that faith and medicine can go hand in hand. It is worthy of emulation and we are hoping that other churches will borrow a leaf from Redeemed Church Ejigbo.
On the D-day Feb. 4, All Saint’s College Ibadan hosted the event with some students of Lead City High, Jericho, Ibadan in attendance where Dr Mutiu Jimoh of the Department of Radiotherapy, University College Hospital, Ibadan gave lecture on cancer awareness, prevention and treatment. The theme of this year’s World Cancer day is “Debunk the Myths”. The Founder/President of BRECAN, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu in her remarks stressed the need to talk about cancer to reduce the fear of dying notoriously associated with the disease. She noted that while cancer can be a difficult topic to address particularly in some cultures and settings including Nigeria, dealing with the disease openly can improve outcomes at individual, community and policy level. She was also a guest at the Splash FM 105.5 live interview where she reiterated the need to continuously talk about cancer to pave the way for increased level of awareness that would empower individuals to make informed decisions. Thereafter she joined the First Lady of Oyo State, Mrs Florence Ajimobi to witness the distribution of free Breast Self Examination kits to market women at the Bola Ige International market, Ibadan
Feb 1: Jog for Life in Ejigbo, Lagos State in partnership with Inspiration centre Redeem Church Ejigbo.
Take off point: 1 Chris Idowu str Ori-oke Ejigbo Lagos.
End point: Ejigbo Mini-stadium.
Free breast and cervical cancer screening and other medical check-up.
Feb 4: Marking the day in collaboration with All Saints college.
Guest speaker: Dr Mutiu Jimoh. Dept of Radiotherapy UCH Ibadan.
Learn more about World Cancer day on the World Cancer Day website.
This to invite you to the 2nd edition of BRECAN SING FOR LIFE.
Sing for Life is an annual Christmas musical concert where BRECAN Choir and other invited artistes perform to the listening pleasure of the public while raising breast cancer awareness and funds. Other attractions during the event include an auction, comedy and dance.
DATE: Sunday December 22, 2013
VENUE: BRECAN Centre, 18 Akinyemi Way, Off e-GTBank, Ring Road, Ibadan.
Time: 6.00 – 10.00 pm
VIP/CORPORATE TABLE: N100,000/Table for 10
For further inquiries and ticket sales, please contact Nonye, 08166324748.
Thanking you for identifying with us in the fight against breast cancer in Nigeria.
Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu
It was such a lovely evening on Saturday 26 October, 2013 as Miles Ahead Entertainment & Heavy Winds Studios presented International Award Winning Artiste Adeniji Heavywind & Friends in a Fund Raising event in support of BRECAN and Breast Cancer Advocacy in Nigeria. BRECAN President, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu reiterated the urgent need for a cancer policy and funding support for breast cancer research in order to answer some nagging questions surrounding the incidence of breast cancer in Nigeria.
Dr. Olumide Aladesuru, a resident doctor at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Ile-Ife in his brief remarks presented disturbing statistics on the alarming rate of affliction of the disease on the population. [Cancer Incidence in Nigeria: A Report from Population-based Cancer Registries] Whereas it was a relaxing evening, it was equally a food for thought for all the attendees. Time will tell if the information on the burden of breast cancer in Nigeria would stir them to take action. Sponsors of the event included: Bond Global Energy Projects Ltd, First Bank and Skye Bank and supported by some Fashion houses based in Lagos namely DEO, Tootenhill Lagos and Zebra. Some notable personalities that graced the event were Senator (Gen) Ike Nwachukwu and wife, Gwendolyn, Mr Anton Wagenaar , GM, Shoprite and wife Nadia, Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi, Princess Adenrele Adeniran-Ogunsanya, Mrs Janet Adeyemo, wife of the Deputy Governor, Oyo State, and a host of others Oyo State, and a host of others. The pictures say it all. Take a look. Awesome!
The maiden edition of BRECAN Jog for Life in Abeokuta, Ogun State was held on Saturday October 19, 2013. It was organised in partnership with Adeolu Health Care Foundation based in Abeokuta. Her Excellency, Mrs Olufunso Amosun graced the event as the lead jogger. She arrived at MKO stadium about 7.30 am in company of some government officials and members of Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) Ogun State branch and was received by the BRECAN Founder/President, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu.
After some warm-up exercise which was coordinated by the stadium officials, she led the participants in more than an hour jogging/walking along the designated route: MKO stadium- Kuto market – Ijaye garage- Ijaye market – Abeokuta Grammar School Idi-Aba. Four stopovers were made at the markets and garage in order to enligthen curious onlookers about breast cancer as well as distribute handbills which, infact, is the essence of jogging along the street. At the destination, participants were welcomed with an address by the CEO/Founder, Adeolu Healthcare Foundation, Mrs Mary Adedoyin and had the privilege of listening to breast health talks in English and Yoruba from experts from Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife and University College Hospital, Ibadan.
The message was that women should take charge of their breast health by checking their breasts monthly in order to become familiar with the look and feel of their breasts and if any unusual changes such as lump, discharge from the nipples etc were detected, hospital should be the place to go without delay. Due to the fact that breast cancer is disease that progresses with time, early detection and presentation can save lives while delay or late presentation can lead to untimely and painful deaths. Free breast screening was conducted as well as other medical tests such as blood pressure and blood sugar. In addition, the audience was treated to music and dance by BRECAN choir and light refreshment.
Jog for life aims to accomplish four things: 1. Raise breast health awareness. 2. Raise funds to support BRECAN projects. 3. Celebrate survivorship thereby showcasing that breast cancer can be defeated. 4. Promoting exercise as a healthy lifestyle.
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Award Winner JUMIA partners with 234Give – JUMIA Nigeria Supports Breast Cancer Foundation with the Pink Week
Lagos, Nigeria October 22nd – JUMIA, Nigeria’s leading online retailer and this year’s World Retail Award Winner, partners with 234Give to support the International Cancer Month. A substantial percentage of proceedings made during the Pink Week are given to the “Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria: BRECAN”.
JUMIA partners with 234Give by creating The Pink Week – an initiative were JUMIA will be selling pink items, including books and fashion products, on the site with a campaign starting from October 23rd to October 30th. In addition to this JUMIA dedicates the last day to support the cause with over 500 staffs wearing pink to honor the breast cancer month as well as the JUMIA Pink Week.
234Give is an online fundraising platform that enables people who are passionate about raising money for charitable causes the means to connect with donors and raise money securely online. Sola Fatoba, CEO, 234give: “We are pleased to be partnering with JUMIA on its Pink Week. This partnership will support JUMIA’s mission to create more awareness and raise funds for breast cancer.”
Jeremy Hodara, co-founder, Africa Internet Holding: “JUMIA in partnership with 234Give will support the cause and create awareness about breast cancer through its website and other marketing channels. As part of JUMIA’s way of giving back to the society and also to support the Breast Cancer cause, JUMIA is giving a percentage of proceedings made during the Pink Week to a notable charity in Nigeria: ‘Breast Cancer Foundation of Nigeria BRECAN’.”
Click Here to Shop From Jumia’s Pink Week Selection, to help Raise Funds.
Founded in June 2012 JUMIA is Nigeria’s #1 shopping destination. Within one year, the website enjoys more than 150,000 unique visits daily, being the leading and most trafficked e-commerce website in Nigeria, with a daily subscriber base of more than 400,000 people. At JUMIA, customers across the continent can shop the widest assortment of quality products at affordable prices – offering everything from fashion, consumer electronics, home appliances to beauty products. JUMIA operates in five countries: Nigeria, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Egypt and Kenya with more countries to come.
October 26th is the date. 7pm is the time and Oriental Hotel, Lagos the venue as Heavywind and friends host a fund raiser to help support Breast Cancer awareness in Nigeria. Come through for a time of great music and show your support for a great cause.
Tickets are available all over Lagos and more details can be seen in the image below.
The Jog for Live event in Lagos has been postponed until further notice. We will be announcing an updated date as soon as everything has been set.
Nonetheless, as previously scheduled, Jog for Life Abeokuta will still be held Saturday Oct 19th and it has been confirmed that Her Excellency, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, wife of the Executive Governor, Ogun State will be the lead jogger at the event.
Like with every jog for life event, this one starts at MKO Stadium and then makes a stop in Kuto market after which it makes two more stops, first at Ijaye market and then Ijaye garage. The last stop and finish point of the jog is at Abeokuta grammar school, Idi-Aba. Curious to know what Jog for life is all about, see pictures from Jog for Life in Ibadan and read a report from our medical collaborators on that event.
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The Beauty for Hope event took place at the Designer Market Place (DMP), City Park Wuse 2 Abuja on the 7th of September, 2013.
Together Our Leaders Unite (T.O.L.U) in collaboration with Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria, DMP and several Make up outfits united to support a worthy cause by raising funds for cancer patients as well as increasing cancer awareness among the youth in the community.
The Designers market place is one of Abuja’s largest shopping and trade fair event. The Beauty for Hope event raised funds for patients fighting cancer by giving the shoppers at the fair the opportunity to get primped up for a fee. The shoppers had their eye brows carved, beautiful total face make up and make up tips. Everyone that visited the stand was given several flyers on cancer basics and prevention. They were also given little gifts such as wrist band, jotters and gift bag all courtesy of BRECAN. Volunteer Medical doctors were also at the stand to answer any questions the happy shoppers had. Interested people were taught Breast self-examination through demonstration. The volunteers also walked round through most stands giving out flyers to both shoppers and sellers and as well answering questions and giving health tips.
Even though it rained half the day, there was definitely a rainbow at the end. See below a few of the captured moments.