Red Women foundation, an organization based in Nkumba along Entebbe road, has started a campaign to support people with cancer and save lives.
Dubbed “Strong for cancer campaign”, the drive aims at creating awareness so Ugandans can live a cancer free life.
Red Women founder, Mrs. Mildred Kiwanuka said that the campaign will be running across the country for at least two years.
“It will initially start in Arua, Gulu, Kamuli, Entebbe, Kampala, Sembabule, Fort Portal among other towns.”
Mrs Kiwanuka also said city socialite and ex-model Judith Heard will be the face of the campaign.
“She [Heard] is also the patron of the campaign.”
Oriflame, a Swedish cosmetics company, and Cayenne Bar and Restaurant have also joined the campaign as partners.
Sarah Nampijja, a representative from Oriflame said that their products have been scientifically proven to be safe for use on skins.
“We don’t encourage skin-bleaching products which can expose users to skin cancer,” Nampijja said.
Cayenne’s Penelope Kayongo said the popular hangout will be used as a venue for launching the campaign on August 25, 2016.
The launch will double as a fundraising event will participant paying Shs50,000 or more in a bid to save lives.
The campaign is aimed at empowering and referring people to go for testing.
Materials like flyers and booklets will also be distributed to the public as a cancer awareness tool.
How to live cancer free
Mrs. Kiwanuka who has witnessed people close to her suffer from cancer says that the diseases doesn’t develop overnight.
She advises the public to cut out sugary drinks from their diet because these contribute to diabetes and increase cancer risks.
“Eat resistant starch food, green bananas and white beans to reduce risks of cancer,” she says.
She further advises spending less time in chairs or watching TV for a long-time without getting up and walking around for some minutes.
“Eat garlic, it contains allyl sulphur compounds that can stimulate the immune systems to defend against cancer.”