The Grassy Park (GP) Youth Desk Crime Prevention Unit, in collaboration with the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), hosted a cancer awareness programme, at Zeekoevlei Primary School, on Saturday October 16.
Saadiqah Ganief, deputy chairperson of the GP Youth Desk Crime Prevention Unit, said the aim of the programme was to teach the youth and children to understand the negative impact that substance abuse can have on one’s health.
“The various paraphernalia of substances and how the usage of these substances can lead to the activation of cells and a medical condition, such as cancer,” she said.
The event included activities such as a sprayathon, shavathon and cutting of hair for donation.
Station commander Colonel Dawood Laing and Grassy Park Community Police Forum members were among the guests.
Ms Ganief said youth from the different communities attended the event.
“We had a heart touching moment when a 12-year-old girl, Suri Pather, cut her hair in honour of her late grandparents who had both passed on from cancer. This was such a touching moment for the programme by honouring all who have passed on.
“We would also like to thank the CANSA organisation for assisting us to make our event a success and our community for showing a great compassionate turnout for the programme,” said Ms Ganief.