This week we’re featuring one of our Top Causes, a Cause that promotes breast cancer awareness as well as support and information on breast health. It’s Causes like this that volunteers like you impact on a daily basis and we think it’s important to share those stories. Here is an interview with our incredible Cause, Breast Health Foundation (BHF).
Who is BHF and what do they do?
The Breast Health Foundation (BHF), is a Not for Profit established in April 2002 in conjunction with several companies and organisations to educate the public on breast cancer and breast health, increase awareness and empower women.
Our vision for all South Africans is to increase awareness for breast health/cancer, promote education and treatment and to provide informative and emotional support in respect of breast health. We are here not for income, but for outcome! Our projects include:
- Mobile education units
- Breast Care Clinic support programmes and patient navigation
- Breast Health Training Platform for healthcare professionals
- Cancer Comfort Care Bags for newly diagnosed
Why did BHF get started?
Since its inception, the BHF has developed into a transparent and effective organisation which reaches our nation’s women. The money that is raised is used to teach women – those who have had and those who have not had breast cancer – to spread the word of the importance of self-examination and medical examinations.
BHF aims to put to rest myths surrounding breast cancer and to provide an open forum where women feel that they can come forward with their problems. Traditionally, women in Africa have been seen as the heart and soul of the family. By ensuring their health and by educating them, the health education messages are passed on to children, husbands and partners.
What is a story that keeps you going?
During Mandela Month, Breast Health Foundation ran a campaign in aid of 667 Cancer Comfort Care Bags. With the support of offers via forgood, individuals and corporate partners we could pack 667 bags filled with items that will help newly diagnosed Breast Cancer patients commencing chemotherapy to manage their uncomfortable side-effects.
If you’d like to help BHF with their mission to empower women and health issues, then click here to check out which Opportunities they have available!