Three Cities Group, a leading hospitality provider in South Africa, recently announced their support of Dance for a Cure by sponsoring hotel accommodation, consisting of six double rooms and 20 single rooms in Durban in aide of the Dance for a Cure – the cervical cancer vaccination program.
Dance for a Cure uses the art of dance productions at theatres around South Africa to create awareness of the latest research and vaccinations available for cervical cancer, and to raise funds for vaccine distribution. The production is in its fifth year of performance, but will debut for the first time in Durban on August 5th at The Playhouse Theatre.
Mike Lambert, CEO of Three Cities Group, says, “Every two minutes a woman dies of cervical cancer worldwide, a chilling statistic, therefore it’s an honour to help prevent this illness and to be a part of this program as a forerunner in Durban in supporting communities.”
Angela Ferguson, founding director of Dance for a Cure says, “Our flagship gala evenings present a variety of performances, showcasing some of South Africa’s most talented singers, dancers, poets, story tellers and musicians. With this performance we strive to create awareness for cervical cancer and instil feelings of hope, life and light.”
Funds raised through the productions are used to vaccinate children with the Cervarix Vaccination, provided by Glaxo Smith Kline, against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which causes cervical cancer.
Dance for a Cure chose the Abraham Kriel Home, The Thembisa Child welfare home, and the Rhema Children’s home for vaccination execution performed by volunteer Netcare nurses.
Ferguson says, “Our ultimate goal is to extend vaccination programs throughout South Africa to make a significant impact in all urban and rural communities.”
Current estimates indicate that every year in South Africa, 5743 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 3027 die from the disease due to unsatisfactory screening programs in areas with limited resources. It’s the second most common cancer in women under 45 and the third leading cause of cancer deaths after breast and lung cancer. Up to 80% of women will be infected with some type of HPV at some time in their lives, but often these infections clear up spontaneously, whereas in other cases, it develops into cervical cancer.
Dance for a Cure and the Three Cities Group would like to challenge other Durban-based corporate companies to sponsor the best seats in the house at bundles of 10 tickets for R10 000. Additional sponsorship is required to transport children from various orphanages and schools to attend full dress rehearsals.
Should you wish to contribute or book for the production, please contact Angela Ferguson on Tel: +27 83 676 2117 or visit www.danceforacure.co.za
Three Cities Management Group has a portfolio of four respective brand classifications, incorporating: the finest urban hotel environments within the City Hotels brand; activity and family friendly Resorts; private wildlife and luxurious sanctuaries within the Exceptional Safaris brand; and the separate Exceptional Collection portfolio consisting of five-star and award winning establishments.
For more info visit www.threecities.co.za